Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Geoff Cameron Stoke (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Geoff Cameron may have spent most of this past week in the United States completing paperwork to finalize his move to Stoke City, but that did not stop him from earning a start and making an impressive debut for the Potters. 

Three days after arriving to England, Cameron put forth an impressive 90-minute outing in his first Stoke appearance as he helped the club hold Arsenal to a scoreless draw at Britannia Stadium. Cameron was deployed as a central midfielder and he reportedly was one of the best players on the field, showing some smooth passing and great range to disrupt the Gunners' talented attack. The only way the match could have been better for Cameron, who has had limited training with his new teammates in recent weeks, is if Stoke would have found a way to win.

Michael Bradley also made his debut for his new club, AS Roma, on Sunday and he helped save the club from a huge season-opening disappointment by coming through in the clutch. Roma was trailing Catania by one goal when Bradley, who started and went the distance despite picking up an early caution, assisted on Nico Lopez's stunning equalizer in the 90th minute of the 2-2 draw.

The lone goal this weekend came from Josh Gatt, who netted an early winner in Molde FK's 2-0 win over Chad Barrett and Valerenga. Gatt found the back of the net three minutes into the game by using his trademark speed, and that marked the third straight league match in which he has scored. The goal was his sixth of the season.

Here's how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:

ENGLAND

Premiership

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Everton's 3-1 win vs. Aston Villa on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey did not dress in Fulham's 3-2 loss vs. Manchester United on Saturday.
  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made five saves in Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw vs. West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 3-1 loss vs. Everton on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj came off the bench, played 30 minutes and had an ASSIST for Aston Villa.

  • Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City's 0-0 draw vs. Arsenal on Sunday.
  • Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke City. He is still waiting to receive his work permit.

Championship

  • Tim Ream dressed but did not play in Bolton Wanderers' 2-2 draw vs. Nottingham Forest on Friday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton Wanderers. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City's 2-0 loss vs. Watford on Saturday.
  • Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham City.
  • Conor Doyle dressed but did not play in Derby County's 1-1 draw vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
  • Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's 2-2 draw vs. Bolton Wanderers on Friday.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Leicester City's 2-1 loss vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

League One

  • Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle United's 4-2 win vs. Portsmouth on Saturday.
  • Robbie Rogers came off the bench and played 11 minutes in Stevenage's 1-0 win vs. Oldham Athletic on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella started and played 90 minutes in Scunthorpe United's 4-0 loss vs. Yeovil Town on Saturday.

ITALY

  • Michael Bradley started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and had an ASSIST in AS Roma's 2-2 draw vs. Catania on Sunday.

 

GERMANY

Bundesliga

  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 2-2 draw vs. Schalke 04 on Sunday.
  • Jermaine Jones started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and had an ASSIST in Schalke 04's 2-2 draw vs. Hannover 96 on Sunday.

 

  • Fabian Johnson started and played 90 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 2-1 loss vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
  • Danny Williams dressed but did not play for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Joe Gyau did not dress for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg's 1-0 win vs. Hamburg SV on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell dressed but did not play in Bayer Leverkusen's 2-1 loss vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

  • Alfredo Morales did not dress in Hertha Berlin's 2-1 win vs. SSV Jahn Regensburg on Friday.
  • John Anthony Brooks did not dress for Hertha Berlin.
  • Andrew Wooten dressed but did not play in SV Sandhausen's 2-0 win vs. FC Union Berlin on Friday.

NETHERLANDS

  • Jozy Altidore started and played 81 minutes in AZ Alkmaar's 0-0 draw vs. SC Heerenveen on Sunday.

PORTUGAL

  • Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting CP play Rio Ave on Monday.
  • Tony Taylor came off the bench and played 45 minutes in G.D. Estoril Praia's 1-1 draw vs. Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday.
  • Caleb Patterson-Sewell started and played 90 minutes in Vitoria Setubal FC's 5-0 loss vs. Benfica on Sunday.

BELGIUM

  • Sacha Kljestan started and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht's 1-1 draw vs. OH Leuven on Saturday.

RUSSIA

  • Eugene Starikov did not dress in Zenit St. Petersburg's 2-1 loss vs. FK Rubin Kazan on Saturday.

AUSTRIA

  • Terrence Boyd started and played 90 minutes in Rapid Vienna's 1-0 loss vs. Wolfsberger AC on Sunday.

DENMARK

  • Michael Parkhurst started, played 90 minutes and had an ASSIST in FC Nordsjaelland's 4-1 win vs. SonderjyskE on Friday. You can see the assist here.
  • Clarence Goodson started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Brondby IF's 1-1 draw vs. Esbjerg on Sunday.
  • Conor O'Brien started and played 90 minutes in SonderjyskE's 4-1 loss vs. FC Nordsjaelland on Friday.
  • Charlie Davies came off the bench and played one minute in Randers FC's 3-2 loss vs. FC Copenhagen on Saturday.

SWEDEN

  • Alejandro Bedoya came off the bench, played 37 minutes and received a yellow card in Helsingborgs IF's 3-1 loss vs. Djurgardens IF on Saturday.
  • Brian Span dressed but did not play in Djurgardens IF's 3-1 win vs. Helsingborgs IF on Saturday.

NORWAY

  • Josh Gatt started, played 62 minutes and scored a GOAL in Molde FK's 2-0 win vs. Valerenga on Sunday. You can see the goal here.
  • Steve Clark started and played 90 minutes in Honefoss BK's 1-0 loss vs. Tromso on Sunday.
  • Mix Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Rosenborg BK's 1-1 draw vs. Viking on Sunday.
  • Sean Cunningham did not dress in Stabaek IF's 4-1 loss vs. Haugesund on Sunday.
  • Chad Barrett started and played 64 mintues in Valerenga's 2-0 loss vs. Molde FK on Sunday.

MEXICO

  • Jose Torres started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 0-0 draw vs. Santos Laguna on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez dressed but did not play in Santos Laguna's 0-0 draw vs. Pachuca on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Puebla's 1-0 win vs. San Luis on Sunday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 1-1 draw vs. Toluca on Saturday.
  • Michael Orozco Fiscal started and played 90 minutes in San Luis' 1-0 loss vs. Puebla on Sunday.
  • Edgar Castillo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Club Tijuana's 1-0 win vs. Club America on Saturday.
  • Joe Corona started and played 80 minutes for Club Tijuana.
  • Greg Garza did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Ventura Alvarado did not dress in Club America's 1-0 loss vs. Club Tijuana on Saturday.

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What do you think of these performances? How impressed are you by Cameron's debut? Think Bradley's clutch assist will help keep him in Roma's starting lineup? How many more goals do you see Gatt scoring this season?

Share your thoughts below.

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75 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. Han Solo says:

    Cameron did well for the lack of time he had with his squad. Michael bradley didnt do so well but he made up for it with his late assist. Overall it was a good showing. USMNT!!

  2. Ben says:

    Bradley did pretty well. I think DeRossi, Osvaldo, and Totti were better, but he was better than the rest of Roma, especially their defense.

  3. Brad2 says:

    I feel like Tim Chandler’s info should have been in parentheses or have an asterisk next it.
    (Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg’s 1-0 win vs. Hamburg SV on Saturday.)

  4. This Guy says:

    Who is this Timothy Chandler you speak of?

  5. 20 says:

    Bradley was ok throughout. He gave the ball away a few times too many I thought. But the long ball to Lopez for the stoppage time equalizer was a thing of beauty. He really showed his class on that one, and it was the most important play of the game. Not sure what was going on with Roma’s defense, a couple of pretty serious lapses in concentration. Draw was probably a fair result but I was disappointed with Roma overall, thought they would win this one.

  6. BFBS says:

    Parkhurst had an assist on the winning goal. See for yourselves: link to superliga.dk

    (Goal sequence starts at :55.)

  7. Bob says:

    What’s up with Gomez?

  8. 2tone says:

    Good to see Cameron playing, but one has to think this is doing no favors for the USMNT CB situation with him playing at CM. But I think he has the talent and soccer intelligence to play CM for club and CB for the USMNT if that happens.

    Good first showing for Bradley. He had some hiccups, but it was only the first league game.

    Gatt needs to saty healthy from here on out. I think he ends the season with 8 goals and 8 assists.

  9. 20 says:

    Very interested to see if things will turn around for Villa this season. They have won 2 games in 2012. 2 games.

  10. Beckster says:

    Looks like you’ll have to add Scotland 3rd division to the list ….didn’t Boca play today?

    (SBI-We won’t, and he did.)

  11. 20 says:

    I want to know the same thing, occasionally I watch a Santos match to see how he’s doing.. and it seems like every time I do he gets left on the bench. Including those two championship games last season.

  12. 20 says:

    CArlos please find a new club. Please.

  13. Jake says:

    As someone who has been following US soccer, I’m just excited to see the length of that list!

  14. Stephen M says:

    Bradley was nervous, made some errors and almost costly mistakes. But his last pass to Nico Lopez redeemed him. He has to be better in the future if he wants to hold onto a starting spot.

  15. NE Matt says:

    Goals this weekend came from Gatt, Seb Hines, and Dominique Royal-Fennell had a bicycle kick goal for Stuttgart Kickers

  16. Ben says:

    Twitter is wild with Dempsey to Sunderland rumors, which I can’t believe and don’t want to believe.

  17. Ben says:

    He lost the ball two, maybe three times during the games, otherwise his passing and positioning was quite good. Other players were losing the ball everytime they had it, even Totti gave it away a couple times. If Bradley would lose a starting spot because of his performance, Roma would run out of players.

  18. Andrew says:

    It’s time for Robbie Findley to come back to MLS.

  19. Stephen M says:

    Yea well Totti has over 200 Serie A goals and is a legend with the team. Bradley is expendable in a competitive Roma midfield. Bradley had stretches where he was decent but he also had stretches where he was poor. He got his pocket picked in a really bad spot that could have been costly. He tried to lay off a pass to Osvaldo in the box when he should have just blasted it into the net.

    I am confident Bradley can keep his starting spot – but he needs to up his play. Roma plays Inter next week and a poor performance in that game could see him dropped.

  20. NE Matt says:

    I believe they are saving him for the CCL game vs Toronto

  21. Ben says:

    Yeah, you’re making it out like he was the weak link on the team, and he wasn’t, not even close to it. He didn’t have “streches” where he was poor; he had a few poor plays in the course of the entire game. What kind of argument is Totti is a legend? You obviously aren’t disputing he didn’t have a great game, so again, in context, Bradley was not nearly as dire as you are making him out to be.

  22. bryan says:

    williams, morales, brooks, and wooten all not playing is no good.

  23. MJC_DC says:

    According to the match report he was very solid, not great, but good.

    link to whoscored.com

    87% passing, the assist and a 7.39 overall rating (Not sure how this site calculates them).

  24. TomG says:

    Thanks Franco, love this feature. Love how fast it goes up, love the rundowns, love the vids, love that most of the vids actually play on my iPad.

    Love performances by Gatt, Cameron, MB. I also think Corona had a hockey assist for Tijuana. At least it seemed that way to me. He played well.

    Hate that Gyau, Ream and Williams didn’t get on the pitch.

  25. boosted335 says:

    He’s not that good of a CB…he is however a sweet CM/CDM.
    -Wake up folks

    Chicarito could have had 3 easy goals because of Camerons marking vs Mexico…Cameron stunk up the pitch while playing CB for Houston this year yet every time he plays at CM he LIGHTS up the pitch.
    -HELLO

    If he can perform well at CM in the EPL then he can compete for PT for the USMNT at that position
    -DUH

    The two CB’s USMNT should be excited about will be playing in 15minutes ..namely George John and Omar Gonzalez
    -WINNING

    lol

  26. Tyler says:

    Real Madrid has lost two league games in a row and Ronaldo has 0 goals on the season so far.

  27. Ben says:

    I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

  28. DingDong says:

    I second this. I imagine it takes a bit of work to put together, especially to put it together so quickly.

  29. Shawn says:

    87% from a midfielder isn’t a bad game at all. 7.39 isn’t anything to be ashamed of either.

    I’d say Roma’s defense was shambolic on both goals, though I’m trying to figure out how the first wasn’t ruled offside, as the goal scorer certainly gained an advantage from being offside when the shot was struck, and thus should’ve been flagged for it as long as the play was active.

  30. Shawn says:

    I can believe it. Sounds like Jol has decided to offload Deuce wherever he can and end the drama.

    Really, if Dempsey has a side to the story, he really needs to get it out, because he’s looking bad in the press.

  31. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Most people, including Ives, agree that he is better projected at CB and played admirably there against Mexico. He shut down Chicharito 1v1 and had several clutch saves.

    He’s good in the air and is great at distributing from the back, which is just what we need in our CB pool.

    Your last point just didn’t make any sense at all (try using commas) , so I’m not going to rebut that.
    -LOSING

  32. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    We might as well just call Gatt “the Flash.”

  33. Call Up Lichaj says:

    Hopefully club and country will start giving Lichaj a chance!

  34. Zak1FCK says:

    Wooten showed up, drove to the stadium, and they put a jersey on him. Pretty good for a first day of work.

  35. Vince says:

    Take chandler off this board… It’s not necessary to keep tabs on him if he’s not committed… Good job mb… Clint please find a way to play bro

  36. Roger says:

    Hahahahaha

  37. louis z says:

    me too :-)

  38. Coop says:

    Nowhere in your rambling, incoherent nonsense of a post was anything close to what I would consider a decent and insightful comment. I would personally argue that you are entirely wrong on every point you ‘attempted’ to make.

  39. Coop says:

    God I would f’n love a Dempsey to Tottenham switch.

  40. Paul says:

    woah, copy and paste from twitter much..?

  41. NE Matt says:

    Sharing is caring bro

  42. David says:

    Mr. Bocanegra. You are dead to me.

  43. boosted335 says:

    Check the stats…he had 5…..FIVE…’FIF’ completed passes vs Mexico and that is an example of ‘great’ distribution from the back?

    Also he DID shut down Chicarito UNTIL the 65 minute when he proceeded to give Chicarito at least 3 chances that MOST people, including Ives, would agree that should have been finished…by an MLS FWD much less Chicarito

    The proof is in the pudding…he is a better CM…thats why he PLAYED at CM today..thats why Houston coach MOVED him to CM the last 3 games he wore a Dynamo kit.

    Hey remember that game Stoke was in the house to scout Cameron…he was playing CB and played terrible yet stoke stayed interested and eventually purchased him. Why was that? …I’ll tell you why….THEY PROJECTED HIM AS A CM ALL ALONG.
    Its only us USMNT fans..IVES included that are so accustomed to mediocrity on the backline that someone can put in 3/4 of a good performance then shut off at the end of the game and be celebrated as the second comming of Eddie Pope

    Anyway enough of the negativity..I’m glad to see he had a good start, although he was playing his natural/BEST position he hasn’t played there much this year and hasn’t had too practice much with the team to boot. Truly impressive for him to earn MOTM in that scenario. ..hell MOTM in the EPL is great in any scenario

  44. rjrkr44krnnenwni2po33 says:

    I’d rather Dempsey move to Tottenham than move to any other PL club or return to Fulham

    Congrats to Cameron on his debut. Hope he continues solid play to hold down his spot.

    Way to go Bradley. Roma is a solid club and good performances will see them back in the CL.

    And glad to see Friedel is still the number1 at Tottenham. Several rumors of some big club GK’s coming in to take that spot

  45. rjrkr44krnnenwni2po33 says:

    O/T but watching The Other Guys right now. Clearly Will Ferrell’s best performance since Old School right? Though Step Brothers comes close

  46. rjrkr44krnnenwni2po33 says:

    Josh Gatt, move to the Eredivisie next year. You are clearly too good for Norway

  47. Mike says:

    The Houston Dynamo were always a better team when Cameron played CB… We moved him back there at the end of last season and made a run to the championship… Solid analysis buddy…

  48. Tank says:

    bro i think this is the deepest the american abroads list has ever been and it will continue to grow every new season we’ll be ready for 2014 Brazil!!!

  49. boosted335 says:

    True Ture but riddle me this…

    Where was Cameron playing when Houston started winning THIS year?

    Where was he playing when Houston was struggling?

    Look Im not analyzing $#*t im just pointing out what IS

    A wise man once said that every truth passes three stages before it is recognized.
    First it is ridiculed, then it is opposed, lastly it is recognized as self-evident

    From what I can tell we’ve got two out of the way right here but I would rather we get this truth to stage three before we exit Brazil in the first round (or not qualify)

    But hey if you want a CB that has potential yet clearly needs seasoning (seasoning which will not come from his club btw) come in and play for us in critical matches … well you must like losing, because that’s exactly what your asking for

  50. solles says:

    but the general was involved with the equalizer!

  51. biff says:

    boosted335 is being a bit belligerent, but he is making a valid point. I have been a Cameron fan all along, even back during Camp Cupcake when some were criticizing him, and if he can succeed as a starting holding midfielder in the Premier League, I would be totally excited about the prospects of him carrying that experience over to the USMNT. Whether he is playing central defender or Number Six is really irrelevant, and I have faith Klinsmann will be able to slot him in the right spot on the USMNT and he will succeed there also.

    It is too bad, though, that Cameron is playing for Stoke. I do not like that thuggish team at all, and the fans yesterday booing Aaron Ramsey, who suffered a double leg break from a vicious tackle by Shawcross, was disgusting. Hopefully Cameron will excel this season and be poached by a better team.

  52. biff says:

    Can someone please enlighten me why the captain of the USMNT should be ignored in a weekly round-up of Americans abroad. I am not judging this decision one way or the other, but there seems to be something below the surface that I am now aware of. Like the comment from David that Boca is dead to him. Can someone please explain to me what is going on? And all that said, yes, I am disappointed that Bocanegra has not found a better team to play for and I could understand that this could endanger his status on the USMNT. Tim Howard was a fine captain against Mexico.

  53. Bumby Hemmingway says:

    Considering the Cameron has been playing central defense in the MLS and is capped at centeral defense: it is easy to see why people are expecting him to play central defense.

    The other issue is that the USMT has more defensive midfielders than it knows what to do with right now. Addiing another one to the mix is not ideal from the US Soccer perspective.

    Correct me if I am wrong: but John and Gonzalez have not been capped by the US

  54. Sean says:

    Seb Hines scored for middlesbrough. also, royal dominique fennel scored in the 3 bundesliga this weekend also.

  55. bryan says:

    totally forgot he is on a new team. good point.

  56. divers suck says:

    Camerons value to the USMNT will be in his versatility of playing more than one position, not his ability to play DM. That’s a
    position very deep on the NATs with Bradley, Jones and Edu and maybe Beckerman. Nice to see his good start at Stoke City!

  57. pd says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t international CBs evolving into a skill set that is more midfielder-ish, anyway? Accurate passing skills, good with ball at feet under pressure, plus physical size and positional awareness? Seems to me having Cameron able to play either position is win/win, plus forces folks like Ream and Gonzalez and the mythical George John to elevate their own game.

  58. Old School says:

    I think of all your points, the only one I enjoyed was the “Five….FIF” statement.

    One, two, three, four, FIIIIIIIF.

    Any Chappelle Show reference is a good one, in my book.

  59. Old School says:

    I think you mean NASL or maybe you meant trying out for the Olympics as a sprinter?

  60. Old School says:

    I couldn’t make it through The Other Guys and I’m a huge Ferrell fan.

  61. danny says:

    boosted: you actually make a good point, but your obnoxiousness overshadows it.
    There is no reason that Cameron shouldn’t be a legit contender for CM on that NATS if he plays that well in the EPL. I don’t know why people think Bradley and Jones are just DCM’s anyways- they are 2 of our most dangerous attacking players. A good argument can be made for playing Cameron as the DCM and letting Bradley and Jones attack more. Right now, I’d take Cameron ahead of Beckerman and Edu at DCM, although I’d say he is clearly a 3rd option in CM behind JJ/MB but he could also be a solid backup. Nonetheless, he IS a versatile player with a higher ceiling than Edu and our other CB options so one shouldn’t doubt that he can improve at CB,. Considering our options right now, it makes sense to play him at CB, especially if MB and JJ are 2 starting CMs.

  62. JonesJunior says:

    OFFICIAL Roma vs. Catania highlights. link to youtube.com

  63. As far as I’m concerned it’s about all American’s playing abroad. Rossi, Subotic and Chandler are all a part of that, whether they play for the USNT or not. An American fan should still be interested in seeing what they are doing and while they may not be a part of the national team program, this is not a series about the national team. It’s about American soccer players playing outside of the US. Rossi, Subotic, Chandler et al. qualify.

  64. Old School says:

    For the same reason my Sunday League is not posted on here.

    The quality in the top flight of Scotland is laughable outside of Celtic/Rangers. I can only imagine the 3rd Division is on par with the drunks down at your local park, hence, not being worth reporting.

    To be honest, I respect the hell out of Carlos but I think JK should give serious consideration of not calling him up for playing in such a poor league. That’s not hyperbole but a sincere opinion.

  65. Old School says:

    He needs to stay healthy.

  66. malkin says:

    Your opinion is wrong.

  67. malkin says:

    Second highest rating on the team according to that site

  68. Drew_ROC says:

    I know MB technically gets the assist for the goal, but how responsible can you really say he is? It’s like a qb who chucks a hail mary into the mixer in the final seconds of the game and the wr comes up with a spectacular catch after it bobbles around through a number of hands.

    Both of Roma’s goals were quite spectacular!

  69. biff says:

    Thanks for that, Old School. So that is all it is, that the quality of the third league is so bad. I guess I can understand not posting Boca’s weekly results, but some of the other comments made it appear as if he had done something awful and I was just wondering whether I had missed something.

  70. HansomeJake says:

    Don’t take this the wrong way, Drew I don’t think you have a true understanding of professional sports. The guys out there are the best in the world. Sometimes a player (QB or in this case MB) has to put a ball in a spot where only his player can make a move for it. Having the vision and ability to so precisely place a ball and then trust that the player who received the ball can then either pass it or put it in the back of the net is AMAZING! I promise you nor anybody else commenting on this site has that ability. The goal was beautiful and spectacular, and to take that away from somebody because you can’t imagine the ability and skill level it takes to place a ball 30-40 yards down field so precisely is a shame.

    What an amazing goal from set up to finish.

  71. beachbum says:

    hahaha! but I agree with your opinion that the other opinion is wrong :)

  72. beachbum says:

    pretty responsible ;)

  73. Jonathan Wallace says:

    Sorry to disagree with a solid post on a minor point there HansomeJake but some of us do have those abilities.. but not necessarily the physical gifts or consistency necessary to make it at that level.

    How else would we be able to appreciate the sublime beauty without having done the same?

  74. pd says:

    It’s possible due to a little thing called empathy. And no offense, but it’s pretty narcissistic to assume otherwise.

  75. David says:

    Its not just that Cameron did well, but he was announced as MOTM in the closing minutes of the game by the stadium announcer.