Q&A With MLS Defender Geoff Cameron

You're known as a player who can play a lot of positions. How were you able to develop that versatility?
I don't know where I got the versatility. I think it's just that I have an open mind and I want to be on the field. The only position I ever really played was outside mid or center mid going up through youth soccer, club team, high school and college. I always played center mid or outside mid. Last year was when they were short a few guys in the back for the (MLS) reserve league, they put me in a few practices and thought I did well. I ended up starting in the (North American SuperLiga) tournament last year, every single game at center back.

For me, it's just a matter of having an open mind and understanding the game. The most uncomfortable position for me is outside back, but put me anywhere in the midfield, forward, up top...I just want to get the ball and I just want to be a part of the game.

How was your second season in MLS compared to your rookie season with the Houston Dynamo?
I think it's very hard, because I set expectations. I got a lot of playing time, more than what I expected. The coaching staff has higher expectations for me, and I expect more from myself. I think the second year is always the hardest because you want to improve from your first year. I had a decent first year, I was runner-up for rookie of the year. It's one of those things where you go in and take it one game at a time, and that's kind of how I look at it. I always want to be consistent and that's the best thing you can do as a player is be consistent and keep working hard and always try to improve every game and every practice.

You made your MLS debut in New England, where you grew up. What was that experience like?
It was crazy because I had never really thought about it until we're flying into Boston and I'm seeing all these places where I grew up. I'm with the team and I'm thinking 'This is kind of surreal.'

It didn't really hit me until I'm walking on the field and I look up and saw my family and friends. I used to be one of the kids cheering on the Revolution. One of my favorite players was Joe-Max Moore. I watched him play and I always told myself I want to be that guy, I want to be on that field someday. There was no better feeling than getting your first minutes in front of your family and friends.

You are a right-footed player but you are naturally left-handed. Is there a story behind that?
I broke my left ankle when I was younger, and I kind of naturally switched over to my right foot. It's kind of weird. I think I have one uncle or one aunt who's left-handed. Other than that, I'm the only left-hander in my family.

What advice do you have for young soccer players who want to play professional soccer?
There's always politics wherever you go. No matter where you play, there's always politics. I had to deal with that playing on the Massachusetts state team, then making regional team and then trying out for the national team. You just try to stay away from that.

My advice is to work hard everyday. The little things are the most important things. I live by the three D's--discipline, dedication and desire. If you have those three D's, then you can accomplish anything you want to accomplish in life. That's having discipline to do the right things, take care of your body. Do something you love. If that's playing soccer, go out there every day and juggle the ball. If your goal is 10, next day try to get 11. Always try to set goals and always try to beat your goals.

Keep dreaming. My dream was to become a professional soccer player and I'm living my dream now. If you put your mind to it, something can always happen. You have to make the right decisions along the line, and that's where discipline, dedication and desire come in. If you have the desire to be the best and make it, then you'll make it. For me, if I didn't get drafted in the MLS, I was going somewhere. I was going to go to Europe or somewhere. I wanted to play professional soccer.

If one person says no, you keep trying until you know for a fact that you just don't have it in you. For the young kids, keep dreaming and keep working hard and stay focused.


Geoff Cameron is one of the featured players in the Volkswagen Junior Masters Goal Celebration camp videos. His goal celebration, the Bunny Hop, was invented by Umberto Santiago Antonio (U.S.A) Rodriguez in 1976 and has become an instant classic. To learn how to do the bunny hop, visit vwjrmasters.com.

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