Geoff Cameron – Manchester United’s Intimidation Factor Is Gone

Glenn Davis is joined by former Dynamo defender and current Stoke City player Geoff Cameron.

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GD:
Lets talk about the historic win for Stoke City over Manchester United. You played a huge part in it playing right back for the Potters. This had to be a remarkable moment not only for you personally, but also for the club.

GC:
Ya it was huge. Things have not been going our way this season with the red card against Sunderland, unlucky bounces , creating chances and then not putting the ball in the back of the net. We are playing so much better than we were last year. It has been short of getting results. It’s been very frustrating as a team. Mark Hughes said to us this past weekend that this was an opportunity for us to stick together and fight for one another. When you are on the same pitch as Mata, Van Persie, and Rooney you know you are going to be in for a long day. We did an excellent job defending and ya know we walked away with a 2-1 result.

GD:
What was the face of manager Mark Hughes like in the locker room after the game because I know this had to mean so much to him personally being a former Manchester United player?

GC:
I think it was just more about relief or about damn time. We have been waiting for one of these results to come. We have been so unfortunate. Our last game against Liverpool we come back to tie the game then they get a penalty to get the 4th and go ahead goal. We were just like not again. Things have not been going our way whether its referee or unlucky bounces. Finally we put it all together this game, the fans been behind us supporting us like crazy, and we are a tough team to beat at home. So, he is just was so relieved and excited for us guys to get that win.

GD:
You played against Manchester United last year, is it a different team now? Do they seem more vulnerable now?

GC:
I think it is more of confidence in a way. The fact that Sir Alex Ferguson is gone, the aura they had with him, and the intimidation factor is gone maybe has something to do with that. They were fortunate last year winning the league with things going their way but a lot of their big players are getting older and there was some talk in the media this past off season that they were going to move them. Not having Ferguson around there is difficult. They have the same group of guys but it is the other teams in the league that are stepping it up which is making it that much tougher.

To hear the full 20 minute interview with Geoff Cameron, you can listen to it here:

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Chris Klein – Complacency In The MLS Is Something We Cannot Have

On this week’s show of Soccer Matters, Glenn kicks it with Chris Klein, former MLS player now president of the LA Galaxy.

GD:
Long time Chris, glad to hear your voice and glad to see you so successful not only as a player but also off the field. Talk about the challenge getting the opportunity and sort of finding your way to the management side because a lot of things have to change for an individual when that happens.

CK:
Sure, I think athletes in general, soccer players are certainly no different when its time to walk away from the game since we were kids. You know our lives don’t change a whole lot from the time we are 5, 6, 7 until it’s time to retire. To make the decision to walk away and to really identify something that I was really passionate about in the other end of the business if you will in soccer. To get an opportunity with AEG and the Galaxy is something that I am thankful for, but it is a challenge and it is a learning curve and a lot of the same things you have as an athlete you can take to this side and its starts with an understanding that you have a lot to learn.

GD:
Chris Klein only 38 years of age, from St. Louis, Missouri and now the president of the LA Galaxy. Did you have to pinch yourself when you first got into the management side about this transition and the opportunity that lied in front of you?

CK:
Not really, as I said I am thankful for the opportunity but as I got on into my career, I had an understanding of what I wanted to do. I was heavily involved with our players association and the business side of the MLS. As players, especially in MLS, we are charged with growing the game in this country. It’s like as you said in the open, I started close to the beginning of our league and it would never of got to this point about support from the league, support from the players, and the incredible ownership that we have, so to pinch myself I am not sure but I am definitely thankful to be here.

GD:
Do we have to be careful to stay grounded and rooted with this incredible infrastructure? A lot of players coming into the league know nothing but good infrastructure as the game was very different in the 80s and 90s. Do we have to be careful not to get comfortable and remain hungry in growing, promoting, and marketing this league? I’m specifically talking about players as well.

CK:
Ya there is no question, I don’t know that anyone that understands how far we’ve come have to be extremely proud of what we done in less than 20 years of having the league in this country. However when you put it into context and everyone watches the world’s game now. When you put it into that context, I think that we all understand we have a long way to go. We are gaining ground, we have a model that works. We an understanding of what we need to do as the game continues to grow. I don’t think anyone here will tell you that we made it. Complacency is something we definitely cannot have. There are many areas where we can continue to improve on an individual club basis and the league as a whole.

GD:
Do you feel you have a corporate responsibility to put a team on the field that sort of reflects the city of Los Angeles?

CK:
It’s interesting that you say that, absolutely. I think when we look at our city, our team has to reflect our city. Our city is known as Hollywood, but also known as a trendy and multicultural city. Our roster reflects that. We do feel a responsibility to have a little bit of glitz and glamour. It started with David Beckham. Then it went back to Landon Donovan, Coby jones, and Alexi Lalas. At the end of day, our city come and support teams that win. That’s always what it is about, winning and being successful on the field.

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Remember to check out Glenn Davis every week on Soccer Matters Tuesdays on 97.5 from 7-9 and Dynamo All Access Thursdays 7-9 pm on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560.

AUDIO – Dynamo coach Kinnear on the future

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AUDIO – Dominic Kinnear: Season’s Over

Courtesy of the Zygo Soccer Report. Dominic Kinnear post game after Toronto with some revealing thoughts.