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Geoff Cameron ready for “fresh start” at QPR

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Geoff Cameron completed his loan move to Queens Park Rangers on Friday, with the U.S. national team veteran signing on loan until the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

The former Houston Dynamo star has spent the past six seasons at Stoke City in the Premier League but on transfer deadline day in the English Football League he has decided to freshen things up.

Pro Soccer Talk understands there is an agreement that if a club come in with a permanent move for Cameron, 33, in January then he can move on.

But until then he is focused on helping Steve McClaren‘s side climb up the Championship table after a tough start to the season in England’s second-tier, with the R’s conceding 13 goals in five games and losing four of their first five matches.

Speaking from QPR’s training ground in west London after being handed the No.5 jersey, Cameron revealed he is eager to start a new chapter in his career as he’s fit and available to make his debut at Birmingham City this weekend.

“It’s a fresh start, a new beginning for me. I was at Stoke for six seasons and I think I needed a new beginning and I am happy to be here,” Cameron said. “I had a tough injury last year with a concussion which set me back a little but, then with Stoke getting relegated it was a decision over the summer that I wanted a change and needed something new. I’m glad everything worked out. I know the boss, Steve McClaren, has been interested in me before and it always excited me to play for him.”

Cameron cited McClaren’s belief and long-term interest in him as one of the main reasons for joining QPR, as he also wants to play regularly after difficult times at Stoke over the past 12 months.

Cameron was asked if his experience will be helpful to QPR this season as McClaren’s young squad aim to push for a top half of the table finish.

After making 168 Premier League appearances since 2012 for Stoke, there’s no doubt he will be able to bolster QPR’s options in defense and become a team leader on and off the pitch.

“I look at it as a challenge to come in and use my experience, it is an opportunity to take my game to the next level in that aspect of kind of becoming a leader,” Cameron said. “I know we have four, five guys with experience, with us coming in we can help the team.”

Cameron’s first game for QPR will be against Birmingham City on Saturday, with fellow loaness from Premier League clubs Tomer Hemed and Nakhi Wells also bolstering their squad for the long Championship season ahead.

Geoff Cameron to complete QPR move

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Pro Soccer Talk understands that U.S. national team star Geoff Cameron is close to sealing a loan move to Queens Park Rangers in England’s second-tier.

With the summer transfer window for clubs outside of the Premier League in England closing this Friday, Aug. 31, the Stoke defender has been mulling over plenty of options in recent weeks.

Cameron, 33, is travelling to London on Thursday for a medical and will sign at QPR on loan for the 2018-19 season.

Per a source, it is believed Cameron will be able to leave Stoke permanently in January if a deal is arranged between now and then. La Liga clubs were interested in signing Cameron right up until the transfer deadline by rules over the number of non-EU players per squad hampered any move to Spain’s top-flight, for now.

Teams from Major League Soccer, Spain and elsewhere in Europe remain interested in Cameron but a loan move for the next few months is the best situation for him to play regularly.

Cameron hasn’t played for Stoke this season under new manager Gary Rowett after making it clear he’d like to move on following their relegation from the Premier League.

The former Houston Dynamo man, who joined Stoke in 2012, will offer QPR boss Steve McClaren plenty of experience and options in both midfield and defense with his versatility.

QPR currently sit third from bottom in the Championship with three points from their opening five games. If he signs in time Cameron will be available to make his QPR debut at Birmingham City on Saturday.

How QPR helped U.S. soldier in Vietnam War

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What a story.

After emigrating from the UK to the USA, Nils Guy was soon called up for military service and sent to Vietnam in 1969.

A Queens Park Rangers fan, Guy had little contact from the outside world while fighting for the U.S. military so decided to send a letter to QPR’s matchday magazine to ask if anyone could updated him on how the R’s were getting on.

Via the BBC, here is a lovely story about a then 11-year-old QPR fan, John Wild, who responded to Guy’s plea. The duo have never met in person and after the Vietnam War they fell out of contact, but on a recent BBC radio show they were reunited with Guy now living in California.

A tearful John Wild managed to track Guy down recently and said it was “a great moment to know that he’d survived.”

Below is a brief snippet of how Wild helped Guy during his time in Vietnam by sending him QPR memorabilia across the world.


Nils Guy was 22 and had been in the US for less than a year when he was called up for military service with orders overseas in Vietnam. When on active duty, he wrote a letter which was published in the QPR matchday programme, asking if anyone would be interested in sending him clippings on how his club was doing.

John Wild, aged 11, responded to the request and started to send Nils match programmes and other Rs’ memorabilia… Nils said receiving the QPR programme while on the battlefield was an amazing feeling and brought him back to reality.

“I think I was in the middle of a firefight when we got mail and I opened it up and it was like an out-of-mind experience. Bullets raining around my head, and here I am reading a programme from QPR – it was fantastic.”

Video: Guingamp stuns Rennes after Ngbakoto’s incredible last-gasp strike

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When Guingamp acquired Yeni Ngbakoto during the winter transfer they hoped they would get an immediate return on the CR Congo international.

The 26-year-old joined the French side a month ago from English Championship outfit Queen’s Park Rangers, and he’s already paying dividends.

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On Sunday, Ngbakoto scored his first Ligue 1 goal for Guingamp, and the stunning strike couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

In the last minute of second-half stoppage time, the midfielder ran onto a long ball before unleashing a powerful effort into the far corner (below), which saw the visitors go ninth in France’s top flight.

Union sign ex-Arsenal, West Brom, Hull striker Simpson

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Former Arsenal prospect Jay Simpson is landing on the shores of the U.S.A.

In a move that Philadelphia hopes will replicated Bradley Wright-Phillips’ arrival in New York, the Union have landed the 28-year-old striker from Lleyton Orient.

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Simpson was Arsenal property from 1997-2010, but only managed three League Cup appearances and two goals. He went on loan to West Brom in 2008-09, accumulating his only 13 Premier League appearances and scoring once.

The bulk of his experience has been in the Football League Championship with Hull City. He nabbed 12 goals in 78 appearances. He also played for QPR, Millwall, and most recently Leyton Orient.

From PhiladelphiaUnion.com:

“Jay brings goal-scoring prowess to our team, in addition to a valuable veteran presence, as he has demonstrated with multiple clubs in England,” said Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart. “He has played at the highest levels of club soccer, including in the Premier League, and we are excited to add a forward of his quality to our squad.”

The signing comes hot on the heels of defender Giliano Wijnaldum, the brother of Liverpool attacker Georginio Wijnaldum.

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