June 16, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron (20) kicks the ball in the first half against FC Dallas at BBVA Compass Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Geoff Cameron Obtains Work Permit, Officially A Stoke City Player

MLS is reportedly weighing a $2.7 million transfer offer that would send Geoff Cameron from the Houston Dynamo to Stoke City.

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Geoff Cameron Finally On His Way To Stoke City Pending Work Permit

Geoff Cameron's transfers from the Houston Dynamo to Stoke City is finally done, kind of. The two sides and MLS have all agreed to a deal that will see the 27-year-old join the Potters and now the only thing standing in the way of Cameron becoming a Stoke City player is his receiving a UK work permit, according to Jesus Ortiz.

Most believe that Cameron will get the work permit he needs to play in England. Because he had not played in 75% of the United States' matches over the last two years, he is not guaranteed a work permit and will instead have to appeal for one, but if recent history is any indicator, Cameron shouldn't have a problem getting one. Several Americans have won their appeals to get work permits of late and none had been as key a member of the U.S. team as Cameron has of late, making the bench or playing in seven of the Americans' eight matches in 2012.

It has not been an easy transfer process for all parties involved. Cameron let it be known that he would welcome a move to Stoke and Houston agreed to a deal with the English Premier League club pretty quickly, but because MLS owns the contracts of all players, they still had to sign off on the transfer. That part didn't go so easily, with Stoke and MLS spending more than a week trying to hammer out a deal, but now they have finally reached one for $2.5 million.

Cameron is expected to play as much, if not more in the midfield than at the back for Stoke. He has bounced back and forth between the midfield and defense since being drafted by the Dynamo so he is comfortable at both, but indications out of England are that Stoke prefers him in the midfield.


Geoff Cameron's Transfer To Stoke City Now In Hands Of MLS

Geoff Cameron could be just days away from joining Stoke City, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle. The decision to accept Stoke City's offer, which is supposedly $2.7 million, is now in the hands of the folks at MLS headquarters. A decision is expected to be made by Thursday.

While losing a player as good as Cameron is certain to have some immediate negative affects, it appears that everyone within in the Dynamo organization, from fans to the front office, support the move:

"The club is in favor of this transfer, and we are in support of it happening," Dynamo president Chris Canetti said. "We will continue to work with the league as they go through the process and make their decision."

The Dynamo won't lose Cameron empty-handed by any stretch of the imagination, though. Of the $2.7 million, the Dynamo would get $1.8 million, $667,000 of which can be used for allocation money. The remainder of the money can be spent on any number of "soccer-related expenses."

For more reaction and analysis to this possible move, be sure to check out Dynamo Theory.

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