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A new page in the professional football career of Attleboro native Geoff Cameron was turned on Sunday when he was on the starting line-up of Cincinnati FC in his brand new home, the football-specific TQL stadium with 26,000 seats.

35-year-old Cameron, a 2008 Houston Dynamo MLS draft pick of the University of Rhode Island in the third round in 2008, was the club captain at Queens Park Rangers FC of the English Premier League, where he made 35 appearances with 32 starts.

“Experience, leadership,” said Cameron on the Cincinnati FC website of the intangibles he brings to the MLS third year franchise and solidifies the defensive line of defense.

“I still have a lot to offer,” added Cameron. “I’m ready to kick and move on.”

Cameron competed with the US men’s national team as a member of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and started in two of the three games. Cincinnati FC signed a guaranteed contract with Cameron for the 2021 and 2022 seasons with a club option for 2023.

“He has made a consistent contribution over nine seasons in England and we believe he will compete with our current players to earn regular minutes,” said Cincinnati GM Gerard Nijkamp of Cameron’s signing . “We have made it our business to expand our current backline.”

Cameron is familiar with MLS having played with Houston from 2008 to 2012 receiving All-Rookie Team and All-MLS honors.

After strengthening his football resume in MLS, Cameron took his game to Europe and established himself in the English Premier League with Stoke City (2012-19) and most recently with Queens Park for the last three seasons.

During his six seasons with the Stoke City Potters, Cameron started in 166 of the 186 games in which he appeared.

During his professional career, Cameron has played 421 games, including 375 starts, scored 18 goals and added 27 assists for all competitions.

“Whatever I can do to help the young people, this is a new project – a new beginning for me and the club,” said Cameron. “We’ve been in contact (with Cincinnati FC) for a while. I’ve just finished a season in England.”

Cincinnati FC began their game in their new $ 250 stadium, which has a strong affinity with many football-specific stadiums across Europe. Cincinnati FC began their MLS game in 2019 and are currently coached by Jaap Stam.

Cameron’s playing experience on two continents and his leadership made him popular with FC Cincinnati.

Cameron has played 55 international matches with the US men’s national team since 2010. That year he made his international debut with the USMNT against El Salvador and scored his first goal for the American team against Belgium in 2013.

“I’m really excited to be here and to help the team in any way I can,” said Cameron of his first week at Cincinnati. “The MLS is getting bigger, it has been shown (televised) in the UK and around the world.

“It’s nice to be back for me, the game has definitely grown – futbolic, football-specific stadiums were a big step forward.”

Cameron began his college career at the University of West Virginia and played two seasons (2004-05) with the Mountaineers before moving to URI and becoming an All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection.

Cameron became one of the premier American-born players in MLS during his career with the Houston Dynamo. Cameron played 144 games with the Dynamo and led the club to the 2011 MLS Cup championship game against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Cameron scored 14 goals and 15 assists in those five seasons.

Cameron was released from Stoke City and loaned to Queens Park, where he played in the 2018-19 season. After that season, he signed a contract with the Rangers and played 91 missions in three seasons with the club with 68 starting orders.

Cincinnati FC will host the New England Revolution on May 29th. Cameron will return to his Bay State roots when the club visits Gillette Stadium on August 21st.

One of Cameron’s teammates at Cincinnati FC is Edgar Castillo, who played with the Revolution in the 2019 season, and goalkeeper Cody Cropper, who was in Foxboro in the 2016-19 season.

“What’s not to like about it is breathtaking,” said Cameron of Cincinnati FC’s new home. “It shows that the league is getting better. I want to be part of it, I believe in this program, this association. That’s what brought me here. “