Each week at ProSoccerTalk we will hear from from U.S. national team and Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron, who is now a special correspondent for NBCSports.com.
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The proud Bostonian will give us the inside scoop on what life is like behind-the-scenes in England’s top-flight with Q&A’s, first-person pieces and more. He will also touch on plenty of the hot topics across the soccer world. Simply put, you will get all of his expert insight, analysis and opinions on the beautiful game, right here.
This week, Geoff gives us his reasons to be thankful after celebrating Thanksgiving in England, previews Stoke’s huge clash at Anfield against Liverpool on Saturday. Take it away, Mr. Cameron.
Great timing for my first blog for ProSoccerTalk, the aftermath of a truly great American holiday! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with your friends, family and loved ones.
This week I sat down for my third Thanksgiving away from the USA but it was great to host some of my friends and teammates from Stoke City, along with my girlfriend Lindsay, as we had a little taste of the U.S. over here in England.
Usually Tim Howard or Stu Holden host things but Tim was away with Everton in the Europa League and Stu is back in the States, so it was my turn to step up to the plate. My homie Brek Shea joined us, and I was pretty pleased with my effort in the kitchen!
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What we try to do every year is make it as American as possible, and I invited my teammates over to try and celebrate it all as a family. Even little Bojan came over and we taught him what Thanksgiving is all about, plus Marc Muniesa joined us and so did Santiago Bedoya and his family. I’ve become real good friends with his brother Alejandro from our time together with the USA, so that was great to see him.
I have so many things to be thankful for. My health, my family and friends who love, support and back me every day. They are always there for me. Also I’m thankful for the friendships that I’ve developed over here at Stoke and the many close friends I’ve made over the years.
Around Thanksgiving I was struggling a little, as you may have seen in the news. A sickness bug has been through Stoke’s training ground and I’ve been pretty sick. I’m 100 percent now though, and my other teammates have recovered too, so we are ready for the game in Liverpool on Saturday.
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Anfield is one of my favorite stadiums to play at in the Premier League. There is so much history there, the owners have very close links with Boston which makes it special for me and I remember watching Anfield on TV when I was growing up, hoping I could play there one day.
We really need a result against Liverpool after that defeat to Burnley. We know it is going to be difficult, but we have been playing really well. Lucky breaks haven’t been going our way but we have to keep our head, stay focused and try to get some consistency going like last year. That was a huge part of our success.
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I got to see Liverpool up close last week alongside Arlo White at Selhurst Park, as I really enjoyed a totally new experience of calling a game for NBC Sports. It was all very new to me and I was a little nervous, but it was something I enjoyed doing and I hope to do it again some time down the road.
Thanks to all the American fans for sending your love and support over the pond, it means a lot and I hope that starting up this weekly blog will give you some neat insight into what life is like in England and what being a player in the Premier League is all about.
Until next week, peace!