The USMNT has been suffering with their defensive issues in their recent matches, and it’s safe to say that the team clearly needs to tighten things up at the back to contend in the World Cup this year. These issues were evident in the latest friendly against Ukraine – where the defense played horribly in a 2-0 loss – and there is a huge need for new blood at the backline for the squad.
These issues, however, can be solved with the presence of Geoff Cameron, a defensive-minded right-back who can light it up offensively when given enough space.
The former Houston Dynamo standout has been putting up some impressive displays for Stoke City at the English Premier League, and his outing against Aston Villa this past weekend was one of his best during this year. Despite starting the game very shaky and inaccurate, Cameron quickly adjusted and had a wonderful game on both sides of the pitch, defending with strength and moving forward on several occasions through the right flank.
His efforts were well-rewarded with a late-goal in The Potters’ 4-1 win, and even though his job isn’t to score goals, it’s nice to know he can also finish when given the chance. Cameron has done a great job all season long for Stoke, and he should pencil his name into the United State’s starting lineup once the World Cup arrives thanks to his consistency and marked improvement throughout the year.
What ends up happening remains to be seen, since Jürgen Klinsmann is the one in charge of the decision. However, Cameron has done enough merits to be a starter in the World Cup, and the USMNT should take advantage of the great season he’s having in one of the toughest leagues in the world.