Geoff Cameron is, for now, the only current US international to hold down a true first-team spot in a Barclays Premier League team, and he’s going to be staying there.
The 29-year-old Massachusetts product has locked down a new three-year contract with Stoke City that will keep him there through the summer of 2018, the club announced this morning. His current deal was set to expire next summer.
Cameron has become a truly important player to the Stoke squad. A season after logging over 3,000 Premier League minutes for the Potters, his time took a bit of a dip thanks to some early-season injuries, but after returning in mid-October, he missed just four matches the rest of the way. When Mark Hughes was hired in the summer of 2013, Cameron received a boost thanks to the trust of his new manager.
Playing a slightly more defensive role for Stoke than he does for the USMNT, Cameron has truly developed his defensive skills in the English top-flight. His attacking abilities have been showcased for the national team plenty of times before, but Hughes gave Cameron the task of improving his skills at the back in order to keep his place in the team last season. He did just that, and it’s benefited not only Cameron and Stoke, but the US national team as well.
Should Cameron start in the season finale against Liverpool at the Britannia today as expected, he would make his 99th Premier League appearance, all with Stoke.