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Geoff Cameron called up to U.S. men’s national team

Houston Dynamo center back Geoff Cameron has been called into camp with the United States men’s national team in preparation for its January friendlies against Venezuela and Panama, U.S. Soccer announced today. Cameron will join the U.S. squad for training camp in Phoenix, Ariz., beginning on January 3.

This is Cameron’s first call-up under head coach Jürgen Klinsmann and his fourth call-up overall. Cameron participated in the previous two January camps and last year’s February camp under former head coach Bob Bradley and made his international debut on Feb. 24, 2010, in a 2-1 win over El Salvador.

“It feels really good to be able to get the opportunity to play for your country,” Cameron said. “I am very fortunate to get called up and now I just need to take the next step.”

Cameron, 26, started 33 regular season matches last season for Houston and tallied five goals and five assists en route to his second MLS All-Star appearance. The Massachusetts-native played every minute of all four playoff games as the Dynamo reached the MLS Cup final and posted a 334-minute shutout streak. Cameron began the year as a central midfielder before moving to the center back position for the final two months of the season.

Cameron will report to Phoenix where he will train with the national team at Athletes’ Performance from January 3-13. The squad will then head to The Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif., to train from Jan. 13-19, before heading back to Arizona for a Jan. 21 friendly against Venezuela at University of Phoenix Stadium. The team will wrap up the camp with a friendly on Jan. 25 against Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.

Following the Panama match, Cameron will rejoin the Dynamo in Houston for the beginning of preseason. Season tickets and partial ticket packages are still available for 2012 and can be purchased at HoustonDynamo.com/Tickets or by calling (713) 276-GOAL.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), George John (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)