Soccer Match-Ups: Kyle Beckerman vs. Geoff Cameron


Background: Kyle Beckerman American Professional Soccer player

Kyle was born in 1982 Maryland. He was studying in DeMatha Catholic High School. Then he studied at Arundel High School. He was playing in various youth leagues like Under-17 World Cup. After graduating school he signed a Nike Project 40 contract. He attended Bradenton Academy where his professional career started.

Career: After the Nike Project he was claimed by Miami Fusion but he hardly played there. He broke his leg and Kyle went on loan with MLS Project 40. In the end of 2011 Beckerman was transferred to Colorado Rapids. In the beginning he didn’t appear on field very often but situation changed in next year when he was in main team and had done 5 goal assists as midfielder. He started to grow and in 2006 season have scored 7 goals and 4 assists. In 2007 he was traded to Real Salt Lake and quickly became the team leader. In 2009 he became the youngest player to appear in 200 games. In 2009 captained by Beckerman Rapids won game against Los Angeles Galaxy and won MLS Cup.

Kyle was playing in national team during the roster for World Cup against El Salvador. After that Beckerman was called to play in 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. After the last game which secured Cup for US. Kyle was named game’s MVP. Beckerman played as midfielder in 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Background: Geoff Cameron American Professional Soccer player

Geoff was born in 1985 Massachusetts. He attended Attleboro High School and after school was admitted to West Virginia University. For his Junior and Senior years Cameron went to University of Rhode Island.  Geoff scored a shootout and won NCAA Tournament. He was named a midfielder of the year. Cameron played 33 games in USL Premier Development League and scored 8 goals.

Career: Houston Dynamo drafted Geoff in 2008 MLS and Geoff played his first professional game in the defeat against New England Revolution. Thought his first game was defeat soon he scored last minute goal and secure even with FC Dallas.  Cameron was named MLS Rookie of the Year. Geoff played in Dynamo during CONCACAF Champions League and reached to semi-final. Geoff had 32 games in 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs. In 2009 Cameron was selected 2009 MLS All-Star games and was named MLS Best XI in 2009. In 2010 Cameron had a severe knee injury and missed half of the season. In 2011 returned to field and reached to the final in MLS Cup.

In 2012 Cameron was transferred to Stoke City. Cameron scored his first goal in 2013 in the match against Arsenal. During this season Geoff played 41 games and was in 9th position in the Premier League. He had injury and missed half of 2014-2015 season. In 2015he singed a new three-year contact with Stoke City. During 2014 FIFA World Cup Cameron was in US. National Team as defender.


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