Jan. 21, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; USA defender Geoff Cameron watches the bal;l during the second half against the Venezuela at University of Phoenix Stadium. USA beat Venezuela 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Player Profile: Geoff Cameron

Geoff Cameron was called up to Camp Strudel last month and quickly became a talking point.  He has the size desired by coach Jurgen Klinsmann and then he earned a straight red card against Panama.  He has shown versatility playing as a midfielder and defender.  It has probably been a whirlwind for Cameron over the last few months having success in Major League Soccer and then being counted on as a center back for the U.S. National Team.

Before being named to the MLS All Star team this past year, he was drafted 42nd overall in 2008 by the Houston Dynamo.  His path started in Massachusetts and Rhode Island before committing to West Virginia University.  Cameron played two seasons and started 28 seasons before transferring to the University of Rhode Island.  He was named the 2007 Midfielder of the Year in the Atlantic-10 Conference and was first team all Mid-Atlantic Region.

It only took Cameron half a season to become a prominent figure with the Dynamo.  He would be named to the MLS Best XI in 2009 as well as being selected to the All Star team.  He missed half of the 2010 season with a knee injury.  Injury had also kept him out of the January 2009 Men’s National Team friendly against Sweden.  In February 2010 he came in as a substitute to earn his first appearance for the National Team.

When the USMNT played in Panama last month Cameron was charged with a red card for pulling down Blas Perez just outside the box.  There was discussion on both sides, but the straight red seemed harsh, especially to the U.S. center back.

You can look at the replay and take a look for yourself.  I don’t think it’s a red cardI don’t think I’d do anything different. You just have to look at the replay yourself, I’m not going to say anything. But when I got the ball back he fell over me, obviously looking for a foul.

Cameron’s fans can keep up with him on a well designed website.  Be careful if you search for that elsewhere as there is also a jazz pianist of the same name.  The site details an upcoming charity soccer tournament called Cameron’s All-Nite Bender.  Proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society.  Check out his twitter account as well.  Cameron has the chance to be a fixture for American soccer for some time.


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