GEOFF CAMERON’S World Cup dream stands on the brink of being turned into reality . . . after the United States of America took another major step towards qualification on Tuesday night thanks to a crucial 1-0 victory over Honduras.
The Stoke City star stepped off the bench during the second half of the encounter in Utah to maintain his impressive feat of having featured in each of the States’ World Cup Qualification encounters this term.
The introduction of the 27-year-old ignited an improved final 20 minutes of action for the hosts, who were subsequently indebted to AZ Alkmaar front-man Jozy Altidore for the three points after he steered home his fourth goal in as many games with just ten minutes remaining.
The win, which was described as ‘vital’ by boss Jurgen Klinsmann prior to kick-off, maintains a two-point gap between the Stars and Stripes and Costa Rica who remain in second spot, but more importantly opens up a six-point cushion over Honduras, who sit in fourth place, just outside of the automatic qualification spots.
Cameron could be joined by Stoke City teammates Brek Shea and Maurice Edu in the United States set-up when Klinsmann names his squad for September's qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico, having both overcome recent injuries.
Wilson Palacios meanwhile featured for Honduras in Tuesday's clash, playing the entire 90 minutes, but he and his international colleagues face a more anxious final few qualifiers having slipped outside of the automatic qualification positions.
They face a daunting trip to Mexico in early-September before hosting Panama three days later, knowing that three points from that particular encounter is a must if they are to keep alive their hopes of securing a top three spot.