Three bits of significant news to review regarding U.S. center back Geoff Cameron, who is set for business at English Premier League’s Stoke City:
First came this unsettling report that center back Robert Huth has been admitted to a local hospital suffering from suspected meningitis. Huth is the heart of Stoke’s defense, so it’s a blow for the Potters. On the other hand, it adds more need along the back line, and having a man like Cameron who can step in has suddenly become critical. If Huth can’t make a complete recovery in due time, Cameron’s chances of finding his way into the starting lineup increase straight away.
Second, Stoke officials said yesterday that Cameron had received his work permit, as expected, clearing his way for service at the Britannia.
The same report, attributing Stoke City officials, says the former Houston Dynamo man will be called for next week’s U.S. friendly with Mexico at Azteca Stadium.
The U.S. roster will be announced Sunday.
It’s a tricky situation. Cameron would surely love to be in both places. Facing Mexico in the toughest of environments is surely a chance Cameron would relish. That’s not to mention the chance to further ensconce himself in the central defensive order under Jurgen Klinsmann.
On the other hand, the round-trip flight halfway around the world, plus a couple of U.S. training days and match day, would remove Cameron from Stoke City practice environment for nearly a week – and that’s not what a new man around the ground needs to establish himself within a new team, with new teammates, etc.