Saturday, 25 August 2012

Geoff Cameron Proves He Can Mix It at Stoke

Geoff Cameron

Geoff Cameron believes he has put his new Stoke colleagues right about the quality of football in his American homeland.

The midfielder feared a sceptical reception when he pitched up in the Potteries over the summer from MLS club Houston Dynamo.

But the US international now has the respect of his team-mates having impressed in pre-season.

He said: “In the first pre-season game I did fairly well and I think I proved to the guys that this American kid can play.

“They had see me train, but that’s different from a game-type of environment and they wanted to see me play.

“Some of the guys came up to me after that game and said I had passed the test. I said I appreciated that.”

Cameron, preparing to face Arsenal in Sunday's lunchtime game, conceded the American version of game is still viewed as being miles behind on this side of the pond.

And he intends to change that perception by becoming a Stoke legend.

He added: “There are guys that might have different views on American soccer players and whether we play the game as well as them, but I think they have seen over in the States that there’s a lot of good players there.

“Their eyes are being opened and they are seeing soccer there is getting much better than it was.”

And Cameron is getting some support in his battle to show Yanks can play following the arrival from Rangers of midfielder Maurice Edu.

Stoke are waiting for international clearance to complete the signing of the United States international for an undisclosed fee. 

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