Cameron's versatility continues to impress

Brief return to center back shows fourth-year player still has it

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Former third-round draft pick Geoff Cameron has enjoyed a good season
as part of the Dynamo’s midfield attack. On Sunday against Mexico's
Monterrey, however, he showed he can wow just as much – if not more – as
a center back.

With Andre Hainault and Jermaine Taylor away on international duty
and Eddie Robinson slowed by an injury, the 6-foot-3 Cameron stepped into
the center of a depleted Dynamo defense and helped Houston run out a 3-0
winner.

WATCH: Dynamo vs. Monterrey highlights

The skill and athleticism that he showed renews discussion of his
potential in central defense, a position at which he made 22 starts for the Dynamo in 2009 en route to MLS Best XI honors. But the fact that he can fill in capably in spot duty gives the
squad something perhaps more important: flexibility.

“It’s important to have guys who aren’t tied to one position,”
Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “Against Monterrey, the main
reason he was back there was because Andre was gone and Jermaine was
gone. It’s good, because we know he can play well back there. Geoff can play both center mid positions and can also play in the
back, so it’s useful. It’s good, because it makes your team more flexible
that way.”

Cameron's ability to play well on the ball out of the back was evidenced by
his slalom through the Monterrey forward line early in Sunday’s match.
It is moves like those that have media and fans ready to earmark him for
defense. But it is that same skill set that has made Cameron a weapon
as a central midfielder.

His production as a midfielder has not gotten the same attention as
his play at center back.
However, his nine goals and 10 assists in 57 career games in the midfield
stacks up very well against the production of his midfield predecessor, Stuart
Holden, in the 2008-09 seasons over a comparable number of games.

Cameron’s versatility and production are weapons that Houston could
look to exploit down the stretch. With players such as Adam Moffat and
Luiz Camargo
stepping up in midfield, there could be times when Kinnear wants all
three on the field at the same time, potentially forcing Cameron to
defense.

The debate continues, but to the player, it’s ultimately unimportant.

“I like playing center back and center mid, and I feel pretty
comfortable at both,” Cameron said. “I’m going with the flow. This
weekend, I’ll likely go back to midfield, and then we’ll just go from
there.”