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Geoff Cameron’s goal by virtue of an unselfish Clint Dempsey (Video)

Geoff Cameron, Clarence Goodson

U.S. defender Geoff Cameron, left, celebrates with Clarence Goodson after Cameron scored during the first half of an international friendly soccer game against Belgium on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


On a night of few highlights for the U.S. Men’s National Team, Geoff Cameron’s goal was a promising moment from the Americans.

After getting caught out of position and ball watching on Belgium’s 6th minute opener by Kevin Mirallas, the U.S. did well to find it’s feet and play Diables Rouges relatively close for the remainder of the first half.

The Stars & Stripes leveled the match 22 minutes in when Graham Zusi unleashed a deep hooking corner-kick to the far end of the box. Clint Dempsey, who was loosely marked by Vincent Kompany, worked hard to meet the ball and re-direct it across the 6 yard box.

The decision to play the second ball was a brilliant and unselfish move by the Spurs forward, and one that thoroughly fooled the Belgian defense.

Belgian goal-keeper Simon Mignolet was expecting Dempsey to direct his effort on target, center-back Thomas Vermaelen couldn’t find his way through Jozy Altidore, and Jan Vertonghen fatally turned his back on Cameron, making it an easy finish for the Stoke man.

On a night where quality was hard to come by for the U.S., this goal provided at least a little hope of good things to come.