Catching up with Geoff Cameron

The Dynamo midfielder talks about his holidays and his upcoming trip to England

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How has your
offseason gone so far? What have you been up to?
 

The offseason has been great so far. I have split my time between
Houston and Boston. It was great going home and being
able to relax. I really enjoyed the time with my friends and family. However, I
could have done without the 18 inches of snow we got in Boston. 

Speaking of the snow, now that you spend
most of your year in Houston,
do you miss the weather in Boston?
 

I miss it a little bit. My blood has definitely thinned out
a lot. I used to be able to shovel snow in a T-shirt and now I can’t go outside
without four or five layers on. It’s a little different down here where we have
90-degree weather every single day and then I go back to Boston and it's 20
degrees. 

This weekend you fly to England for a training stint with Championship club Nottingham Forest. How did this opportunity come about? 

My agent’s brother is the head coach for Nottingham Forest.
I have wanted to go there for the past 3-4 years to train, but for a variety of
reasons it did not work out. Now that I signed my contract extension, I was
able to take advantage of this opportunity, and I'm really excited for it. I’ll
be there for two weeks, and I know it will be two weeks of training at a high
level as I prepare for our season ahead. 

One player who
recently signed a contract with Nottingham Forest was former Real Salt Lake and national team forward Robbie
Findley. Do you think it will help during the two-week training stint to have
another American there with you?
 

I think so. I have played with Robbie a few times for the
national team, and he is a great guy. San
Jose defender Brandon McDonald is also heading over
there to train. We are either going to stay at a hotel together, or at the house
that Robbie is staying at. I also think it will be great for Robbie to
have two other Americans there as he begins his training. 

What do you do in the
offseason to keep yourself in shape?
 

I go to the gym a lot to maintain the strength in my knee. I
don’t lift heavy weights, I just want to work on the core stuff. We train 10 months of the year, and you pick up a lot of wear and tear, so I want to give my
body some rest. After the season, I definitely took a few weeks off before heading back to the gym. I’ve started running again as well, but the only way to get match
fit is to start playing again, which is why I am extremely excited for this
training opportunity. 

There has been a lot
of change with the Dynamo roster this offseason. As someone who has been with
the squad for four years, what do you see your role as heading into the 2011
season?
 

My mom always taught me to lead by example, not by your
mouth, and that is what I plan on doing. I remember my first year with the team;
Brian Mullan and Richard Mulrooney were two guys who didn’t talk that much, but
they led by example on the field. They were guys that when you had
questions, they were there with answers. This will be my fourth season with the
team, and if any of the new guys have questions, I’ll be there to help them out. 

Describe what Pat
Onstad meant to you and to the Dynamo organization?
 

Pat is a leader, a winner. He knows how to compete, on and
off the field. He is a true captain. When he opens his mouth, you listen. When he
gives you advice, you listen and sponge up everything he says. Above
everything, he is a nice guy. He honestly cares about you as an individual and
as an athlete. You can’t say anything bad about Pat, and his departure leaves a big
whole in the leadership department this year. Guys, such as myself, will really
have to step up to fill that void. 

Taking soccer out of
the equation, what would be an ideal vacation for you?
 

Just going home and hanging out with my friends. One of the
things I miss more than anything is being around my buddies in Boston. You spend 10 months of the year with the team, and you have your ups and downs with the guys, but there is no
replacement for the people you grew up with and the people who were your
closest friends growing up. To me, vacation is about being with my friends and
family, especially around the holidays.