Geoff Cameron reaches Premier League milestone
Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron has become just the sixth American in history to make 150 appearances in the Premier League.
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Cameron, 32, started at center back as Stoke beat Arsenal 1-0 at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday with the Potters defense holding firm to seal a big early-season win.
The U.S. national team star has been a mainstay at Stoke since arriving from the Houston Dynamo in 2012 and he is now only behind Clint Dempsey in terms of appearances made by an outfield player in the Premier League.
Selected 42nd overall in the 2008 MLS draft by Houston, Cameron’s career has gone from strength-to-strength since joining Stoke and the USMNT center back signed a new two-year contract extension at the end of last season which will keep him with the Potters until at least the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
Therefore it is not inconceivable that given his great recent form and his versatility to play at center back, in central midfield or a right back, that he will rack up close to another 90 appearances over the next two seasons to overtake Dempsey’s total of 218 appearances.
Cameron has quietly moved ahead of the likes of Carlos Bocanegra, Brian McBride, Claudio Reyna and other U.S. legends in terms of appearances and his longevity in the PL, at perhaps its most competitive era in history, should be applauded.
With only Danny Williams and DeAndre Yedlin likely to play consistently elsewhere in the PL this season, Cameron is one of the few players still flying the American flag.
Here’s a look at who is ahead of him and when he can move further up the list of Americans to appear in the PL.
- Brad Friedel - 451 appearances
- Tim Howard - 399 appearances
- Clint Dempsey - 218 appearances
- Kasey Keller - 201 appearances
- Brad Guzan - 153 appearances
- Geoff Cameron - 150 appearances