Versatility Can Make Cameron A “Great Asset” To Stoke

Written by Ian Thomson
Geoff Cameron (right) closes down D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario during Houston Dynamo’s 1-0 win on May 12, 2012 (Photo: Nigel Brooks)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Defense. Center midfield. Out wide. Up front. Geoff Cameron has played almost everywhere in Major League Soccer since being picked up in the 2008 SuperDraft by Houston Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear. Cameron, who stands 6’3”, would probably do a decent shift in goal too if required.

That versatility, married with Cameron’s ability to perform effectively in whichever position he plays, should make him a valuable addition to Stoke City’s squad assuming the English Premier League side are successful in obtaining a United Kingdom work permit for the 27-year-old from Attleboro, Mass.

“At the club that we have, it’s always nice to have players who are versatile and can play in more than one position,” Stoke manager Tony Pulis told The Soccer Observer following his side’s 2-1 loss at Columbus Crew Tuesday.

“We think he’s a player that can cope with Premier League football,” Pulis said. “We won’t know until he actually plays the games and gets involved with the squad, but he’s done exceptionally well over the past year.

“We’ve watched him. He’s come with great recommendations. We’re hoping that he’ll come across and be a great asset to the football club.”

Cameron wasn’t with his potential employers in Columbus and he is unlikely to be in Orlando or Kansas City, where The Potters play two further pre-season games in the coming week, unless a permit is received.

A spokesman for Stoke indicated that the club expects to hear the U.K. government’s decision early next month. Pulis’ side opens their upcoming Premier League campaign away at newly promoted Reading on August 18.

Cameron’s game fitness should not be an issue despite the delay. The United States national team defender has started 15 of Houston’s games this season. His last appearance came in the Dynamo’s 4-0 win over D.C. United on July 15.