Position: Right back
Joined: 25th July 2012
Fee: £1.2 million
Total Appearances: 110 [as at 08/08/15]
Goals: 2 [as at 08/08/15]
Career Path: Rhode Island Stringrays, Houston Dynamo, Stoke City.
American international Geoff Cameron finally had his move to the Potteries rubber stamped in August 2012 following a success work permit hearing and signed for a fee believed to be around £1.2 million, according to transfermarkt.com. He joined from MLS side Houston Dynamo after four years at the club.
In 2008 Houston Dynamo drafted him and during his time there he made the MLS All-Stars team in 2011, which faced Manchester United. In that year he was part of the losing Dynamo team that lost to LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup.
He made a very impressive Stoke City debut in a 0-0 draw against Arsenal in 2012 and has grown into a reliable and versatile player in a solid back four.
Last season he scored his first Stoke goals. The first was away at the Emirates against Arsenal in a 3-1 defeat and his second came in Stoke’s masterful 4-1 thrashing at Aston Villa in which he capped off a flowing move.
Under Tony Pulis he played the majority of his football at right-back, but when Mark Hughes was appointed he stated he would prove himself as a centre half. However after a stint there and in central defensive midfield he still finds himself deployed mainly at right-back.
He made his international debut in February 2010 against El Salvador and has since gone onto win 31 caps and he played at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Generally, Cameron is a centre half for his country and was part of the American side that raised the profile of ‘soccer’ in the states. In 2012, he was part of the Stoke City squad that included not one, but two other American internationals in Brek Shea and Maurice Edu. It would have been a third had Juan Agudelo’s move to Stoke City been confirmed, but the young striker was denied a work permit.