As of Monday night, Geoff Cameron was still on the East Coast, attempting to dot and cross and all that, finalizing the red tape that will finally allow him to settle in at Stoke City.
The former Dynamo man says he knows he’ll have to prove himself at the Britannia, and may even be subject to extra, uh, “testing” from the players already on board. But he also says there is an awareness around the locker room that American players have come a long way in a relatively short time, so the weariness with which English players may have once approached Yankee job-takers has softened a bit.
Cameron spoke to longtime Houston-based soccer journalist and broadcaster Glenn Davis about the long period of transfer limbo and about his new gig at Stoke City.
Mostly, he’s just happy as a dog after dinner to finally be getting that chance to be tested. “It’s been a crazy ride,” he told Davis on Houston’s Sports Talk 790. “I just want to get over there, finally get settled, get into my place and just focus on training and playing games.”
Cameron hopes to be on a plane bound for England by Tuesday or Wednesday at latest.
The U.S. international center back also admitted there were times when he wondered if the long process might fall completely apart.
There were times when I thought it fell through, where Stoke had just had enough and didn’t want to deal with it anymore. But they kept fighting, and they ended up getting me. … Now the stress level is gone, and I can just focus on playing football.