Cameron attracting interest from Europe

Geoff Cameron 3 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

ORLANDO, Fla.– Geoff Cameron's time with the Houston Dynamo could be coming to a close in the near future.

The Dynamo centerback is currently attracting interest from several clubs abroad, sources with knowledge of the situation told SBI on Thursday. The clubs eyeing the versatile 26-year-old have not been identified, but there are potential suitors in Germany, England, Portugal and Holland.

Cameron's current deal with the Dynamo runs through the end of this season with two optional years after that, but sources tell SBI the U.S. men's national team defender is keen on moving.

Cameron has started in all 10 of the Dynamo's games this season, and he was a vital part of the club's run to the MLS Cup final in 2011. He has impressed U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann enough to be a part of the current U.S. national team camp, where he has become one of Klinsmann's top four centerback options.

What do you think of Cameron attracting interest from clubs overseas? What league do you think would suit him best? Think the Dynamo will sell him?

Share your thoughts below.

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67 Responses to Cameron attracting interest from Europe

  1. Mike says:

    But why? He’s been unimpressive for like, a year.

  2. James says:

    On one hand I am happy for him and its a good thing anytime American MLS talent is able to move abroad.
    On the other hand he is another career MLSer who was a victim of our college system and had his break out year at 25.

  3. b says:

    I agree he has been rather unimpressive, at least this year. But the talent is there. Hopefully with the right coaching he will reach his potential.

  4. Steve says:

    Good for him.
    But just as a thought:
    He’s 26, and NOW getting some offers from Europe. He’s NOW coming onto the USMNT scene. Not to start, but as consideration. Cameron is good, but not a high-caliber national team player, in my opinion. It’s too late for him. Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique are both 24 and have won a EURO championship and a World Cup. Just to put things into perspective…

  5. Mark says:

    I just look at the potential. fast as hell. Built like a truck. Can play out of the back. Strong. Teams ooze for this type of player

  6. Mark says:

    Right but Cameron grew up in the US. Not in Spain. Its not his fault, just the circumstance of soccer first coming along agian as he was growing up. So the route was College, etc. Not jump to first team at 17/18/19 right away like the Europeans do.

  7. Mark says:

    And 26 is not to late.

  8. boosted335 says:

    fast as hell?? built like a truck?!?!!

  9. Matt says:

    At 26 that still leaves time for a world cup at 28 and 32 (if he’s everything people think he will is/will be). That doesn’t really sound too late to me.

  10. Kosh says:

    You mention Pique and Ramos with Cameron and still can say “Just to put things into perspective…”?

    People were questioning the Ream move too, and while they were relegated (that ship was well on it’s way before Tim got there) he never looked out of place in the Prem on a very bad team.

    I know fans like to do associative algebra when it comes to MLS players, but then the people who know waht they are doing, who get paid to make the real calls knwo what they see in guys like Geoff.

    While not a top league, yet, MLS is a very good league and mangers are taking notice and our players are doing the business.

    26 is too late??? Dude not having a go, but it is quite clear that you don’t rate the MLS which is cool, whatever, but this post does nothing more than play your hand at that.

  11. Forza Lazio! says:

    starting to sound like a Ford F150 Commercial

  12. Kosh says:

    Best wishes fo Geoff. Hopefully it all works out and he gets to play in Europe. Not his fault that it took this long, but kudos for him for fighting the odds and working hard to get noticed. Gotta love that fighting spirit.

    With Gatt and others we are seeing the trend of the young American playing in Europe much earlier than ever before. Hopefully Geoff represents the tailing off of guys who have to wait this long.

    That said, as MLS gets better and better it could be very conceivable that players head abroad in thier ealy to mid 20s (it’s not always about money, especially when you’re young and developing).

  13. EN says:

    He may not be able to outrun Oduro, but he is deceptively fast. His speed is what has helped him become such a great CB because it allows him to correct his mistakes before damage is done.

    He is also great with the ball at his feet and his is known for slicing his way through the midfield and delivering pin-point passes to the forwards. Nice trait to have in a CB.

  14. Joe+G says:

    As Dempsey mentioned in his Ives interview, one advantage of a US college player is that he has a lot less mileage on him compared to a European/Latin player at the same age. Not always to one’s advantage, but it can prolong your career by a few years.

  15. GW says:

    Good points but I doubt we are talking Real Madrid and Barca showing interest.

    If he gets a good club in any of those countries he will still get much more money than the Dynamo is paying him now plus the experience will be invaluable and it solidifies his quest to be on the USMNT in Brazil 2014.

    Cameron is a center half and being older in that position is less of an issue than if he were a winger or a striker. If he shows well for the USMNT he should be okay.
    And he certainly isn’t going to cost a ton of money like Dempsey will.

    Clint has problems in that he plays a position where they usually like them younger than 28-29 for the kind of money he will command.

    Brede Hangeland was 27 when he moved to Fulham from Copenhagen and became their starting center back and I know there are other examples.

    Granted Cameron hasn’t started well for Houston but did you notice Bolton bought Tim Ream?

    Ther is an old cliche, “form is temporary but class is permanent”. If Cameron is as classy a player as his fans (such as JK) think he is then potential buyers will overlook his bad start just like Coyle overlooked Ream’s bad year for NYRB.

    And that did not turn out too bad did it?think hi

  16. Kosh says:

    Good point. It’s a tradeoff, what is short in development can be a plus in logevity.

    The only difficulty with that is the game over there is much more competitive, where coaches can get fired for a two game losing streak. So for the types of teams that are looking at our guys (bottom end table teams) their managers are less likely to take on 26 year old long-term projects. So if a maneger is going after one of our guys, they see something worth risking their job for. At least that’s how I see it.

  17. Grubbsbl says:

    Does it have to be “victim?” At 26 he has plenty of time as a CB. Heck he would most likely still be learning the trade even if he avoided college. Most players don’t enter there prime anyway until 25/26. Cameron can develop into a very good CB in the next year or two. I personally hope he goes to Italy or Germany, Cameron already has the physical skill set and is a dominant one v one defender. In Italy or Germany he can learn to read and understand the game at the highest level.

    Too many American fans can’t appreciate anything, let’s be happy a young player came into MLS and has developed into an international centerback. How is that something that should be moaned about?

  18. NE Matt says:

    This is pleasent news! Go Geoff!

  19. George3000 says:

    I don’t think I saw anybody reference it but my apologies in advance if anyone did. This guy has only started playing center half relatively recently. His ball skills are by all accounts his strong suit after being deployed in the midfield for the first few years. I think once his positioning/ball winning aspect catches up, he is going to be one of the most complete defenders we’ve ever had.

  20. Spank says:

    I know this is off topic but does anyone go to bleacherreport.com for their USMNT news? They are horrible!!!! These guy’s have no idea what they are talking about and i doubt they are even soccer fans. It’s frustrating because i want insight from educated journalist but instead i get a bunch of idiots writing about soccer not knowing anything about it or doing any research!

  21. roger says:

    I agree. Cameron has been my favorite player the last 3 years, although this has been a slow start you can see flashes in each game that put him above the rest. Hopefully it comes together with the USMNT and show everyone the numerous qualities we’ve never seen in a USMNT center-back.

  22. roger says:

    hahahaahah

  23. louis z says:

    a player is only a project if he doesn’t pickup the game quick enough, I’m betting he is going to succeed wherever he goes. he even has the look of a CB.

  24. Ben says:

    Bocanegra was 25 before he moved to Fulham after 5 years in MLS. I don’t see his age as any kind of impediment at all. Boca will be 35 by Brazil- who’s betting against him being there?

  25. boosted335 says:

    f150 “lightning” maybe haha

  26. brian I says:

    nitpicking but…Ramos is 26 not 24

  27. poo says:

    Good point about Boca being pretty much the same age. Its not too late at all. with the quality improving in MLS its not as great of a leap as it used to be.

    for example, if he had left 2 years ago for Denmark or Norway, and now was getting looked at by the same teams, would we be saying the same thing, that its too late? no. His experience with the Dynamo has been good. Tons of game time, playoff games, CCL.

    Best of luck to him

  28. boosted335 says:

    I don’t disagree but that’s not the same as fast as hell and 185lbs at 6’3 makes him far from being “built like a truck” either.

    Anyway hope he gets a deal in a good league next year. It should be a good competition between John, Gonzalez, Cameron, Ream, and the next up and comer over the next couple of years

  29. Freddie Footballer says:

    I used to write for them but found that I wasn’t reaching hardcore soccer/US fans so I left.

  30. Felix says:

    I don’t think it has to do with the ‘college system’ but rather that he’s bounced around playing multiple positions since he’s been a professional.
    He’s never really played one position consistently until he moved to CB last year.
    He’s behind the learning curve when it comes to his position, and he’s leveraged his own natural talent and physical attributes for his lack of experience.
    Perhaps moving to Europe will accelerate that learning curve.

  31. Yellow Submarine says:

    This has less to do with him being a college player and more to do with him being TOO versatile for the Dynamo.

    Geoff has literally played everywhere but GK.

  32. NE Matt says:

    yea i saw their projected starting 11 today? Dempsey and Altidore vs Scotland when they are both already ruled out? Fabian Johnson at CB and Boca at LB? I was disgusted.

  33. Felix says:

    Bocanegra was another player who leveraged his natural athleticism to make up for his lack of positional sense (at the time). But he learned.
    Cameron is very good on the ball, something Bocanegra never had.
    If Cameron moves overseas, and lands in a good situation, he’ll be fine.

  34. hogatroge says:

    Have you, by chance, heard of Clint Dempsey or Brian McBride?

  35. Todd Marsch says:

    I don’t think it’s too late for him either. However, I do have a question about the work permit factor for an EPL move. Is there any way he could get a work permit in England?

  36. g-dub says:

    Yeah, versatility appears to be upside in the eyes of euro clubs, so playing in varied positions has probably worked in his favor. Tim Ream’s proficiency on the ball got him to Europe and he actually got one of his first auditions in the midfield. Deuce was a cdm in NE.

    Good for Cameron – hope he scores a deal and succeeds.

  37. steveo says:

    totally fake-Klinmann planted the story to make up for fact of choosing a sos-so MLS CB over an EPL starter (or two if you count Whitbread)

  38. Ramiro says:

    any word on whether the “two optional years” are team or player options?

  39. GW says:

    steveo,

    At least Geoff can get on the field for more than three games in a row unlike Whitbread. And Rream cannot do what Cameron can. But Ream will be back and in the mix.

  40. Mark says:

    Hey sorry, I meant in regards to other 6’4 CB’s. He is really fast compared to them. And i wonder if that weight is still accurate.

  41. silent e says:

    “Unimpressive for like, a year”? You might argue that he’s been unimpressive for this season so far (I would disagree with you on that but it’s irrelevant), but what about last year? He moved to CB for the final third or less of the season and suddenly a team which absolutely couldn’t win on the road goes on a tear to vault up the table, make it to the playoffs, win on the road (even in KC) and make it to MLS Cup. All that in the last 8 months or so.

  42. Mr. Maxican says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!
    props and best of luck to him but I hate to see the Dynamo take another hit like this.
    Hopefully we can make some money off this, not like when we lost Holden.

  43. SteveMcSteve says:

    Almost certainly team options.

  44. cfig says:

    Cameron is already the best distributor from the back that the USMNT has and he’s got the physical skills to be a great defender. Give him a season or two of playing at a high level and he’s going to be a quality international player.

    As a Dynamo fan I hate to see him go but I know it’s the best move for him.

  45. cfig says:

    Anyone going to Bleacher Report for any sort of sports news deserves what they find :-)

  46. Helium-3 says:

    I agree with you 100%. He is two-way utility player with a knack for getting into the right spots to score. Technically he is sound and reads the game well (not as good as Ream) but doesn’t have any of Ream’s weaknesses other than lack of experience as CB.

    I don’t know why they want to convert him to CB when he really is good playing on either side of the midfield.

    If he goes to Europe, he will succeed because of his athletic ability; not many guys outside of the French league are athletic. Most CBs are donkeys or sack of potatoes, and the ones that are athletic and read the game well cost $$$ (see David Luiz).

  47. Shaggy says:

    Hmmm….Bolton?

  48. mistadobolina says:

    +1 and Rico Clark.

  49. Lost in Space says:

    I’m sure that the team Clark went to in Germany would be willing to PAY the Dynamo to take him back.

  50. sea-soccerballer says:

    Camerons passing percentage was around 50-60% for the games he played CB at the end of last year. For reference Gonzalez was around 70% Ream was mid 80% John was low-mid 80% and Borchers was mid-high 80%.
    So im not sure where this myth that hes the best distributor is comming from other than people just assuming that he must be the best because of how well hes distributed in the midfield over the years.
    With that said two games ago he had a terrific game distribution wise but on average he has been average and actually was well below average last year in that category while playing as a central defender

  51. biff says:

    and Gerard Piqué is 25, not 24…

  52. hush says:

    I was one about a 1 1/2 half that thought Cameron was just a decent player. Then I watched him in a USMNT and in a few Dynamo matches. He is probably the 3rd best CB in our pool. Yes I said it. I really though Ream & Gonzo were ahead of him until I watched the dude play. He can play from the back with great pace and technical ability. His technical ability is sooooo underated I might add. Too bad that Dynamo defense makes him look at times weak. I’m not sure what Dynamo is going to do without him.

  53. hush says:

    ^^^*I was one of those people about a half a year ago that thought*….etc

  54. Edwin in LA says:

    Start Jermaine Taylor or move Hainault central and put Taylor at Right back…or Kofi Sarkodie at Right back after moving Hainault to CB…..

    They need a #10 type of player…wonder what’s the deal with D’Alessandro, he hasn’t played much for Inter of Brazil lately….?

  55. Helium-3 says:

    One of the things that differentiate him from others is his intensity or passion and you can see he tries to make a difference every time he gets near the goal rather than always make the safe pass. You can see the same quality in other young players that Klinsi called up like Zusi.

  56. DC Josh says:

    Cameron and Ream are our future center back pairing. We need more technical players to compete on the international level.

  57. Arnie says:

    University of Rhode Island alum

  58. Jason says:

    why does everyone keep saying that Cameron has had a bad year? Which goal all year was because of his play?

  59. Nigel Brooks says:

    I didn’t know Leo was a stringer for SBI.

  60. NaranjaFanatic says:

    For starters, both goals in Seattle were gifts from Cameron and although Hall shouldn’t have been beaten near post last week in New England, it was Cameron’s flub at midfield that caused the situation. I think he has seemed distracted this year.

  61. NaranjaFanatic says:

    I almost forgot about the goal he gifted Columbus on an attempted back pass to Hall.

  62. Air Jordanz says:

    The problem is, without Cameron, all of the Dynamo’s defensive speed is concentrated with Ashe at LB. Putting in Sarkodie at RB mitigates this somewhat, but a Boswell and Taylor/Hainault pairing is gonna be slow.

    This was evident last Saturday when Cameron went forward into the attack, lost the ball to Sene and nobody could cover for him because Sene was too fast.

  63. Air Jordanz says:

    I’ll give you the PK foul on Levesque, even though it was a soft, soft call.

    The Estrada deflection was 100% bad luck… nothing Geoff could have done on that one.

  64. Air Jordanz says:

    Wrong again. Corey Ashe made that back pass.

    If it weren’t for Ashe getting in Cameron’s way–Geoff had Cooper covered perfectly at the time of that play–there would not have been a goal.

    Cameron’s made his mistakes this year, but at least identify them correctly!

  65. brian says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that ramos is not that great of a defender.

  66. Sir Alex says:

    Just to put things into perspective.

    Goeff will not be paid the same wages Ramos and Pique are making. In other words, your perspective is ridiculous.

  67. boyton says:

    That back pass error Ashe made was not vs. Columbus, it was against the Red Bulls in the Dynamo’s 1-0 loss there. Saw it with my own eyes!