First, a very happy World Cup Day to you and yours. And with that, it’s time to break out your red, white, and blue. Or should it be red, white, and Keaney blue? We’ve mentioned it about 34,482 times, but it doesn’t get any less exciting: URI’s own Geoff Cameron will be one of 23 players representing the United States this month in Brazil.
By itself, the World Cup is already one of the most (if not the most) exciting events in the sports world. Adding a little Rhody pride into the mix makes it even more awesome. Cameron and the U.S. will be trying to shock the world as they’ve got a very difficult draw in Group G (aka the “Group of Death”). The Americans will have to deal with Portugal, Germany, and Ghana, the latter of which has been the Achilles’ Heel for the U.S. in the last two World Cups.
Jim Donaldson and the Providence Journal put together a nice piece on Cameron this week. The whole thing is worth a read, but here are a few quotes.
“Everybody knows it’s the ‘Group of Death,'” Cameron said. “We know how tough it’s going to be. We know that a lot of people are doubting us. Everybody expects those two teams (Germany and Portugal) to advance, not us, because they have a lot of big-name players.
“But you know what — we have a lot of good players, too. Anybody can beat anybody on a given day. This is an opportunity to do something that will turn some heads. This is an opportunity where history can be made.”
“We’re going there to win,” he said. “We’re not going to sit back and let teams attack us. We’re capable of taking it right to teams, creating opportunities, and putting the ball in the back of the net.
“We might not be the most talented team in the tournament, but as long as all 23 guys work as one, as long as we believe, then the sky is the limit.
“This is huge. But we’re ready.”
It all starts today. But unfortunately for fans of the U.S., the Americans don’t play their first match for a couple of days. Geoff Cameron and Co. will open play against Ghana on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. EST.