Geoff Cameron is on the fringes of the United States national team, trying to lock down a regular place after moving to Stoke City in the Premier League. He's got a big chance tonight to play himself into Jurgen Klinsmann's team for upcoming World Cup qualifiers, and he's putting in a good showing against Mexico so far. At least Tony Pulis will be happy that he looks like a bulldozer.
Generally, 27-year-old prospects who have played every position on the pitch in an attempt to find their best one aren't on national team and Premier League radar screens, but Cameron's a special case. He is what he is because his club coach at the Houston Dynamo, Dominic Kinnear, didn't have any choice but to put him wherever he had a gaping hole.
He's already pulled off a great tackle on 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez in the box, and he's also gotten away with a heavy shoulder challenge that the crowd wanted a penalty for. He's walking the line between physical and dirty, but doing it well, and not without some technical quality. With the United States' lack of depth in defense, Klinsmann will have to be pleased with what he's seen out of Cameron so far. Just 75 minutes to go.