Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron returns today to training ahead of a huge game against FC Dallas (Espn 6:30 eastern) this weekend after duty with the U.S. National team.
When Jurgen Klinsmann elected to start Geoff Cameron in the second half in Guatemala City against Guatemala a subtle message may have been sent. With Clarence Goodson carrying a yellow card, a change had to be made and Cameron was the choice over others like Oguchi Onyewu and Michael Parkhurst at centerback.
Klinsmann knows that with an aging back-line and the Fifa 2012 World Cup two years away he is going to have to fast track youth and Cameron is positioned perfectly for this
His athletic range, soft feet for a big man and eventual reach to build attacks out of the back can be cited. First and foremost he has to continue to prove he can defend.
He can ultimately be that defender that can step into midfield out of the back at times to initiate attacks much like European teams.
His ability to provide cover can in the future bring out the best in central defenders that are getting a bit on in age like Carlos Bocanegra.
Simply put in Houston, look at the effect that Cameron has on Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell when they are paired together. When Cameron is paired with Boswell it allows the veteran to stay more rooted in the middle.
Is he the total finished product at center back yet?
No, even he admits he has work ahead but part of that is to continue to garner Concacaf experience like in Guatemala City . The high ceiling for his game is a positive and he hopes to be a part of a “friendly” match against Mexico in August for the U.S. National team.
Others that will still be tracked at the center back position include Tim Ream at Bolton and the recovery of Omar Gonzalez of the LA Galaxy who is out injured.
Sources have told me that Cameron interest includes Stoke City, Everton, and Schalke in Germany and the transfer window period will be interesting to see if he remains a Dynamo.
Incidentally, the Dynamo have not received an offer for Cameron at this moment.