Geoff Cameron

Geoffrey Scott "Geoff" Cameron (born July 11, 1985) is an American soccer player who plays for Championship side Queens Park Rangers, and the United States national team.

Geoff Cameron
Cameron with the United States national team in 2013
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Scott Cameron[1]
Date of birth (1985-07-11) July 11, 1985
Place of birth Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Queens Park Rangers
Number 5
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 West Virginia Mountaineers 38 (4)
2006–2007 Rhode Island Rams 39 (6)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Rhode Island Stingrays 33 (8)
2008–2012 Houston Dynamo 116 (11)
2012–2019 Stoke City 168 (2)
2018–2019Queens Park Rangers (loan) 19 (1)
2019– Queens Park Rangers 11 (0)
National team
2010– United States 55 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 5, 2017

Cameron began playing college soccer with the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Rhode Island Rams, as well as USL Premier Development League side Rhode Island Stingrays, before being drafted by Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo in 2008. After an impressive second season in professional soccer Cameron was named as MLS Best XI in 2009 and helped Houston reach the final of the MLS Cup in 2011 as they lost 1–0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy. In July 2012 he joined English Premier League side Stoke City. Cameron spent six seasons with the Potters making 186 appearances before joining Queens Park Rangers in June 2018.

Club career

Early career

Cameron was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts and played youth soccer for Bayside United.[3] He attended Attleboro High School and Providence Country Day School before choosing West Virginia University for college. After making 28 starts in two seasons at West Virginia Mountaineers, Cameron transferred to the University of Rhode Island for his junior and senior years.[3] Cameron was an immediate starter and helped the Rhode Island Rams beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the 2006 NCAA tournament, scoring in a shootout.[3] As a senior in 2007, Cameron was named midfielder of the Year in the Atlantic 10 Conference and was a first-team all-Mid Atlantic Region selection. During his college years, Cameron also played for Rhode Island Stingrays in the USL Premier Development League where he played 33 times in two seasons scoring eight goals.[3]

Houston Dynamo

Cameron was drafted by the Houston Dynamo in the third round (42nd overall) in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.[4] He made his professional debut on March 29, 2008, coming on as a substitute in a 3–0 defeat against the New England Revolution.[4] In his first home appearance, on April 6, he scored a last-minute goal to help the Dynamo to a 3–3 draw with FC Dallas.[4] He became a regular substitute and sometimes starter for the Dynamo by mid-season.

On October 31, 2008 it was announced that Cameron was a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year along with Sean Franklin and Kheli Dube.[5] Cameron played a key role for Houston in the CONCACAF Champions League and North American SuperLiga in 2008 and ended his debut season with 32 appearances, as the Dynamo reached the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs but lost to New York Red Bulls in the semi-final. During the season Cameron also played for the reserves, helping them to win the MLS Reserve League.[4]

Cameron became a regular for Houston in the 2009 season playing mostly at center-back. He missed just one match in the regular season as Houston again made the play-offs.[4] They edged past Seattle Sounders 1–0 before losing 2–0 to Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conference final.[4] Cameron was selected for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game in Sandy, Utah, and he played all 90 minutes in the 1–1 draw with English Premier League side Everton. Cameron was also named in the MLS Best XI for the 2009 season.[4]

During the 2010 season, Cameron suffered a knee injury that kept him out for half of the season. He returned in August after undergoing knee surgery, and scored a 70th-minute header from a free kick by Brad Davis against D.C. United in the Dynamo's 3–1 win on September 25. His was restricted to 17 appearances in the 2010 season. Houston had a poor campaign and finished in 7th position.[4]

In the 2011 season, Cameron returned to the squad as Houston experienced a much better campaign, qualifying for the play-offs after finishing in 2nd position. After beating Philadelphia Union over two legs, they defeated Sporting Kansas City 2–0 to reach the final of the MLS Cup against the Los Angeles Galaxy.[4] Cameron played the full 90 minutes as Houston lost 1–0. Cameron's performances during the season saw him named in the 2011 MLS All-Star Game against Manchester United where the MLS All-Stars lost 4–0.[4] Cameron played 15 games in the 2012 season before moving to England in the summer of 2012.[4]

Stoke City

Cameron agreed to join English Premier League club Stoke City on July 25, 2012 with the deal subject to a successful work permit appeal,[6] which was granted on August 8.[7] He played in his first match for Stoke in a 1–1 draw with German side SpVgg Greuther Fürth in a pre-season friendly.[8] He missed the opening match of the season away at Reading due to visa issues.[9] He made his Premier League debut in a 0–0 draw against Arsenal on August 26, 2012.[10] He has impressed since his arrival in England and has begun to play at right back, a position which Cameron is enjoying learning about.[11] He also described playing in the Premier League as "pretty special".[12] Cameron played 38 times for Stoke in 2012–13 as they finished in 13th position in the Premier League.[13] After the season finished Cameron admitted that towards the end of the season he began to struggle with fatigue after playing competitive soccer for 18 straight months.[14]

At the end of the season Tony Pulis left by mutual agreement and was replaced by Mark Hughes. Cameron stated that he wanted to try and impress Hughes at center-back.[15] Cameron remained at right-back and scored his first goal for Stoke on September 22, 2013 in a 3–1 defeat against Arsenal.[16][17] Cameron continued to be a key player in his attacking full-back role under Hughes and provided an assist for Peter Crouch in a 2–1 win over Aston Villa on December 21, 2013.[18][19] Cameron scored a rare goal on March 23, 2014 in a 4–1 win at Aston Villa.[20] Cameron played 41 times for Stoke in 2013–14 as they finished in 9th position in the Premier League.[21]

Cameron's start to the 2014–15 season was disrupted by a hernia injury which required surgery.[22] After recovering from his injury Cameron told manager Mark Hughes that he wants to begin playing in midfield.[23] Despite this Cameron continued to compete with Phil Bardsley for the right back position as the season progressed. He was sent-off for the first time in English soccer after conceding a penalty in a 4–1 FA Cup defeat away at Blackburn Rovers in February 2015.[24] Cameron signed a new three-year contract with Stoke on May 24, 2015.[25] Cameron played 31 times for Stoke in 2014–15 as the Potters finished in 9th position for a second season running and they ended the campaign with a 6–1 victory against Liverpool.[26][27] Cameron played 34 times in 2015–16 as Stoke again finished in ninth position.[28]

Stoke made a poor start to the 2016–17 season, failing to win a match until October with back-to-back wins over Hull City and Sunderland with Cameron impressing in midfield.[29][30] However, in that Hull match Cameron suffered a knee ligament injury which ruled him out until February 2017.[31] Cameron made 21 appearances in 2016–17, as Stoke finished in 13th position.[32][33] He signed a two-year contract extension in May 2017.[34] Cameron again made 21 appearances in 2017–18 as Stoke suffered relegation to the EFL Championship.[35]

Queens Park Rangers

Cameron joined Queens Park Rangers on loan for the 2018–19 season after not being part of Gary Rowett's plans.[36][37] Cameron played 19 times for Rangers scoring once in a 1–1 draw against Derby County on 6 October 2018.[38][39]

Cameron made his move to Queens Park Rangers permanent on 25 July 2019.[40]

International career

Cameron received his first call up to train with the senior United States national team in January 2009, but he was injured during the first week and was unable to play in the team's friendly against Sweden. He participated again in training with the team in Carson, California in January 2010, leading up to a friendly match against Honduras. Cameron did not play in that match, but he was again called into camp for the February 24, 2010 game against El Salvador in Tampa, Florida. He appeared as a substitute in the 86th minute for Robbie Rogers, recording his first cap for the national side, nearly scoring on a blazing strike that narrowly went over the bar.[41] In December 2011, Cameron was called up to coach Jürgen Klinsmann's camp. On January 21, 2012, he went 90 minutes in a friendly against Venezuela. Cameron scored his goal for the national team on May, 29 in a 4–2 defeat against Belgium.[42]

Cameron was a part of the United States national team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He started as central defender during the team's first two group stage games against Ghana and Portugal. He was benched for the third game against Germany. In the Round of 16 defeat against Belgium, Cameron started in central midfield.

Cameron sat out the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup due to a combination of injury and wanting to be with his club for preseason. Cameron started in every game at the Copa América Centenario in central defense alongside Hertha BSC's John Brooks.

Style of play

A versatile player who is currently featured as center back but can also play as a right back, right winger, defensive midfielder, or attacking midfielder. Cameron has become known for his combination of aerial ability, passing ability, strength, athleticism, man marking and composure on the ball.[43] Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes that Cameron has the ability to succeed in English soccer.

Geoff has the mentality and all the skill-sets to succeed . . . Stoke and England are getting a quality player that they can be excited to see. He's good with the ball, he reads the game well and he's not going to lose possession of the ball while under pressure. If you're playing with Geoff Cameron, be prepared to play with the ball. He has the physical attributes to bang when he needs to but he also has a real confidence in the way he handles the ball and the way he passes out of the back.

Former U.S. international and ESPN pundit Alexi Lalas speaks highly of Geoff Cameron.[44]

Personal life

During his time at Houston Dynamo, Cameron took part in a series of community service efforts to raise money for local charitable organizations in 2011 and 2012. The 20 for 20 campaign was started in September 2011 when Cameron, who wore the No. 20 jersey in Houston, announced a goal to raise a total of $20,000 for the Fisher House and Ronald McDonald House of Houston.[45] In March 2012, Cameron and the Dynamo announced the return of the 20 for 20 campaign with the same initial goal of $20,000, with proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.[46] Growing up Cameron supported English side Manchester United and Italian side Juventus.[47] Since living in England Cameron has participated in local community work, [48]

Cameron was one of the few sportspeople who expressed support for President Donald Trump's Executive Order 13769, which put a 90-day immigration freeze on several nations and suspended activity on the United States Refugee Admissions Program.[49]

Career statistics


As of match played 28 October 2019[50]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Rhode Island Stingrays 2005 USL PDL 13400134
2006 USL PDL 16400164
2007 USL PDL 400040
Total 33800338
Houston Dynamo 2008 Major League Soccer 2311014[lower-alpha 1]0381
2009 Major League Soccer 2922210[lower-alpha 2]1415
2010 Major League Soccer 163001[lower-alpha 3]0173
2011 Major League Soccer 335004[lower-alpha 4]0375
2012 Major League Soccer 1500000150
Total 116113229114814
Stoke City 2012–13[13] Premier League 3502010380
2013–14[21] Premier League 3722020412
2014–15[26] Premier League 2702020310
2015–16[28] Premier League 3000040340
2016–17[32] Premier League 1900020210
2017–18[35] Premier League 2001000210
Total 1682701101862
Queens Park Rangers (loan) 2018–19[39] Championship 1910000191
Queens Park Rangers 2019–20[51] Championship 1100000110
Total 3010000301
Career total 3472210211029139725
  1. One appearance in MLS Cup Playoffs, two appearances in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, four appearances in CONCACAF Champions League,
    five appearances in North American SuperLiga and two appearances in Pan-Pacific Championship
  2. Three appearance in MLS Cup Playoffs, two appearances in 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League and five appearances and one goal in 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League
  3. Appearance in North American SuperLiga
  4. Appearances in MLS Cup Playoffs


As of June 11, 2017[52]
National teamYearAppsGoals
United States

International goals

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1.May 29, 2013FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio Belgium
2.October 10, 2015Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California Mexico
2015 CONCACAF Cup[54]
3.November 13, 2015Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[55]
4.March 29, 2016Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, Ohio Guatemala



Houston Dynamo



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