Jul 1, 2014; Salvador, BRAZIL; Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard (10) controls the ball against United States defender Geoff Cameron (20) in the second half during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Grading Geoff Cameron's Performance in the World Cup

The 2014 World Cup was quite an exciting time for all USA fans, but for Rhode Island fans in particular. Rhody alum Geoff Cameron started in three of the four matches for the United States as he was an integral part in the American advancement out of the group stage. And at just 28 years old, it’s certainly possible that we could see Cameron once again in the 2018 World Cup.

But first things first. With the USA now eliminated, let’s take a look at the URI alum’s ups and downs in the 2014 World Cup.

vs Ghana: A

There’s very little debate about this one – Geoff Cameron’s performance against Ghana was pretty damn amazing. The defenseman was exceptional in the low-scoring game, which the USA won by a 2-1 margin. Geoff was also instrumental in the go-ahead goal by John Brooks, in which his (literal) head-fake allowed the US sub to put in the game winner.

vs Portugal: C-

Everyone remembers the two ugly plays from this one, of course. But it’s easy to forget that they bookended another solid performance. Cameron’s first 10 minutes and final 10 minutes were… well, pretty much a disaster. But he was his usual self for the majority of the match, which allowed the US to mount a nice comeback. Still, Cameron was nearly 100% responsible for Portugal’s first goal, and partly responsible (at the very least) for their second score. That has to be taken into account.

vs Belgium: B

After sitting out the Germany match, Geoff Cameron returned to the US starting lineup for their do-or-die match versus Belgium. And despite starting at midfield instead of on defense, Cameron was solid once again. The position change allowed Geoff to cover more ground, which he does extremely well. Still, his defense shone through more than his offense in this one. Perhaps that was the plan all along.

FINAL GRADE: B

In the end, it was a very strong showing for the URI alum in this World Cup. Along with several other US players, Geoff Cameron’s stock is on the rise. We’ll continue to follow his development with the USMNT in the coming years.

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