In a match that had the possibility of four Americans playing and most U.S. fans expecting at least two, only Geoff Cameron saw the field in the matchup between Tottenham and Stoke City.
It wasn’t altogether shocking that Clint Dempsey wasn’t in the starting XI for Spurs, especially considering that Dempsey had been fairly anonymous in Tottenham’s match against Swansea last weekend and that Gareth Bale was returning from injury.
However, when Dempsey wasn’t even on the bench for Spurs, there was some concern among American fans who immediately wondered how Dempsey had fallen that far out of favor with manager Andre Villas-Boas so quickly.
It was then revealed that Dempsey had been a late scratch from the teamsheet due to a groin injury.
With Hugo Lloris still being preferred to Brad Friedel for Tottenham and Maurice Edu once again being left out of the 18 for Stoke, Potters' back Geoff Cameron was the only American to take the field on Saturday.
And, being the only American on the field, Cameron put in a worthy performance, perhaps the best of his short Stoke career.
Matched up against two of the more dangerous wingers in Europe in Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, Cameron did particularly well.
On various occasions throughout the game, Cameron dispossessed Bale, Lennon and Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe and beat Tottenham’s other striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, in one key aerial duel in the six-yard box.
Cameron also got involved in Stoke’s attack, putting Kenwyne Jones in behind Tottenham’s defense on one occasion and creating perhaps Stoke’s best chance to score in the game.
In the 59th minute, Cameron dispossessed Lennon and then made a strong run down the right flank. Cameron found Ryan Shotton inside the penalty area for a chance that Shotton wasted with a poor effort at goal.
In the end, Cameron’s strong play on Stoke’s right side helped Stoke keep the shutout as the two teams drew 0-0.