FC Cincinnati nearing deal to land former Stoke Metropolis, Queens Park Rangers defender Geoff Cameron


Geoff Cameron, the former US international who has played in England’s top two divisions since leaving Major League Soccer in 2012, is about to return to MLS as an FC Cincinnati player.

Cincinnati FC and 35-year-old Cameron are expected to close a deal soon pending medical examination, a league source told The Enquirer.

Cameron is expected to arrive in the Cincinnati area earlier this week. Additional details of the anticipated deal were not disclosed immediately.

It is believed that Cameron would add depth in defense and steady veteran experience to Cincinnati FC on a backline buckled in early 2021.

At 35, Cameron showed longevity and would join the FCC after making 35 appearances for Queens Park Rangers FC last season. That would be the third most popular appearance in a single season since moving to England.

FILE - In this file photo dated June 25, 2016, U.S. defender Geoff Cameron (20) shows the ball during the third Copa America Centenario soccer game against Colombia at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  Cameron was selected for the US squad by coach Bruce Arena on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, for the team's World Cup qualification against Honduras and Panama.  (AP Photo / Matt York, File)

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In addition to 55 appearances for the US men’s national team, Cameron played more than 180 games in all competitions for Stoke City, at that time in the English Premier League, from 2012 to 2018.

Cameron played the last three seasons with the Queens Park Rangers, a London-based club that currently plays in the English second division championship.

Cameron announced last week that he was leaving QPR. In Saturday’s 3-1 win against Luton Town, he resigned from the club with a substitute appearance.

QPR finished ninth in the 24-club competition, just nine points overall behind sixth, which would have earned the club a place in the playoffs to advance to the English Premier League.

“I tried to represent the club in the best possible way both on and off the field.” Cameron said in a statement released by QPR before his last game. “I’ve tried to set an example for the youngsters and to give them as much knowledge as possible. It has been an absolute privilege to be both captain and player for QPR. There comes a time when you are the best for yours Family must do. And the future ahead of me, but I’ll always be a QPR fan. “

Before moving to England, Cameron first made a name for himself at Houston Dynamo FC.

Cameron was a 2008 MLS SuperDraft third round player, playing 116 games for Houston.

Tom Bogert from MLSSoccer.com reported on Wednesday that Cameron “is no longer on the MLS allotment list, which means he can sign with any club without that team having to act up to the # 1 allotment slot.”

Cincinnati FC need help along the back line and specifically in the center-back where it’s thin and where Cameron would step in, despite having experience in multiple defensive positions and midfield.

Maikel van der Werff may have been seen as Cincinnati’s top center-back in the off-season but missed much of the 2021 preseason due to injury and won’t play early enough for the club to keep him in their immediate plans.

On Friday, FC Cincinnati announced that van der Werff had been placed on the injured list, opening both a high-level and international course that was occupied by the recently acquired goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.

Nick Hagglund and Tom Pettersson started the first three FCC games of the current season side by side.

In these games, the FC Cincinnati conceded the worst 10 goals in the league at the time. The club didn’t play a game in the week of May 2nd.

Center-back Gustavo Vallecilla, 21, was able to attend Cincinnati FC training sessions on April 30, but is not necessarily expected to take on an immediate starting role.

Vallecilla is on loan from Cincinnati for a year and could be kept by the club at the end of that period.