Stoke City (Premiership)
#2 | Defender/Midfielder
July 11, 1985 (Age: 28)
6' 3", 187 lbs (1.91 m, 85 kg)
After a college career that took him to the University of West Virginia and then to his hometown URI, Geoff Cameron became the third round draft pick of the Houston Dynamo in 2008. Cameron had a solid rookie year as a versatile depth player and spot starter.
Cameron broke out in his second professional season, when he locked down a place in Houston's starting lineup, bouncing between the center of the defense and the center of the midfield.
Despite missing time with a knee injury in 2010, he returned to be a key part of Houston's midfield, which had recently suffered the losses of Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden to European clubs. In 2011, Dynamo manager Dominic Kinnear switched Cameron to center back midway through the season, which precipitated a tremendous late-season push that saw Houston reach the MLS Cup final, where they fell to the LA Galaxy.
Cameron's versatility and good form helped him make a name for himself overseas. In July 2012, Stoke City agreed to purchase Cameron for more than $2m.
Cameron received his first call to the US national team in January 2009, but did not last long in camp due to an injury. He made his debut in February 2010 as a late sub against El Salvador. Cameron began to integrate into the team in earnest in December 2011, when Jurgen Klinsmann brought him into the team for the first time in the German's tenure as coach.
Cameron made further inroads into the US team with a tremendous performance in Estadio Azteca, where he played a major role in helping the US preserve a 1-0 win over Mexico, their first win ever on Mexican soil.