USMNT: Cameron attracting interest from overseas
WASHINGTON — US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann is not the only one who has kept a close eye on Geoff Cameron lately.
The Houston Dynamo defender, who is hoping to make his second consecutive start for the USA when they take on Brazil on Wednesday night at FedEx Field (8 pm ET, ESPN2, TeleFutura, LIVE CHAT on MLSsoccer.com) is attracting significant attention from several international clubs.
MLSsoccer.com has learned that teams from four different European countries — England, the Netherlands, Germany and Portugal — are expressing serious interest in making a move for the midfielder-turned-center-back with the EPL figuring prominently.
"Of course I hear it, but you can’t dwell on it because you don’t know if it can happen quick or it might not happen at all," Cameron told MLSsoccer.com on Monday from the US national team's hotel base here. "There’s no point in focusing on it. I do hear there is interest. But my focus is here with the national team and that’s it."
Although the Dynamo informed MLSsoccer.com that no formal international offers have been made for Cameron's services, there is a strong chance the first one might not be too far away, especially with the international showcase offered by his US participation in this five-match series.
"It makes you feel good as a player," Cameron said of the transfer talk that has surfaced recently. "But that's why you have an agent.
"After this camp, I’m going to be reporting back to Houston and I’m fine with that. I don’t want to have any part of [the transfer rumors]. That’s not my job and that’s not my situation. My situation is to play soccer and I love doing that and that’s my joy in my life and that’s the one thing I’m focusing on."
And Cameron is only getting better at it. He made the permanent move to center back with the Dynamo last season and his stellar play eventually resulted in a call-up by Klinsmann, who is attracted by Cameron's ability to build out of the back with a midfielder's vision and technical skill.
As he continues to learn the position, the experience at USMNT camp is proving invaluable for Cameron. He says the video sessions, the tactical instruction and the time spent working alongside the foreign-based contingent on the US national team is accelerating his development.
"This is the road," Cameron said. "I want to be part of this group when the World Cup happens. That’s my main goal and that’s the goal that I’m working towards. Whatever I have to do to make sure I’m going to be there, I have to take full advantage."