I had more than one person in New England this past weekend come up to me and ask why Geoff Cameron was playing with the Dynamo?
After all, Cameron transferred to the University of Rhode Island from West Virginia University during his college career. Cameron is from Attleboro, Mass. and a New Englander. The swift answer was that you can credit the astute eye of Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear who picked the unknown who went on to become an MLS best 11 defender last year.
Who can forget how quick of a study Cameron was at center-back last year? I was impressed how he matured of the course of the season and it was wonderful to watch a player begin to gain confidence and comfort. By the end of the year he was letting the game come to him and provided the rarity of a center-back that can join in the attack during the run of the play.
Now once the dust had settled on yet another disappointing night for the Dynamo (1-0 loss to NE) Saturday night, it was hard to focus on positives based on Dynamo results, but there were some, one in particular.
The most vivid was the play of Cameron who brought an assured sense to the Dynamo back-line that we have rarely seen this year that led to improved team shape. His presence brought out the best in others at the back. Sure, the Revs are not exactly a goal-scoring machine but there is no doubt that the Dynamo grow a few inches with the big man in their line-up. Cameron helped improve the Dynamo distribution out of the back, brought excellent lateral cover and brought a wonderful air of confidence.
Based on MLS, I don’t think it is unrealistic to believe that this team could have an additional nine points if not for the knee injury Cameron suffered back in April. At the time of Cameron’s injury in April it was a shame as it seemed both he and Lovel Palmer were just beginning to mesh and identify their roles more conclusively in central midfield.
Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear has now solidified his defense with the insertion of Cameron at center-back and one would think he will continue to lean that way going into the Chicago game this weekend. If only there were two Geoff Camerons, one in midfield and one at the back.
It has been a challenging year for the Dynamo, new territory for all involved including players, coaches, and the overall front office operation of the Dynamo. The lifeline of most MLS teams moves in many different directions and after years of being at the top, this club’s lifeline is in a new place going in an unknown direction for the moment. One thing though is very clear, Cameron is a future cornerstone of this team and the Dynamo need to secure his services.
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