GEOFF CAMERON is relishing the prospect of coming up against two of his international compatriots when Stoke City host Aston Villa in a crucial Barclays Premier League encounter this weekend.
The former Houston Dynamo star is likely to be pitting his wits against fellow Americans Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj when the two sides lock-horns at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Acknowledging that nothing other than victory will be on his mind throughout the encounter, Cameron says that he will be hoping to see Villa pull themselves clear of relegation trouble in the final six games of the season for the sake of his US colleagues.
"I know Brad really well from the international set-up, and whilst I don't personally know Eric, I am sure that I will have a little chat with him after the game too," he smiled.
"Obviously, it's always nice to come up against your international team-mates in games, and it gives you that extra incentive to go out there and win the game, because you want the bragging rights.
"Without doubt, I want to win the game on Saturday, but hopefully if we do that, then I would like to see Villa get a few points on the board and give themselves a chance of staying up.
He added: "The only concern for me is getting enough points on the board to stay up this season, but when we do that then I will, of course, be casting an eye out and hoping to see the lads at Villa getting the Club out of trouble."
The Boston-born defender has impressed and endeared himself to the Club's supporters during his first campaign in the Premier League, and says that he won't allow such a memorable season to be tarnished by a possible relegation scrap.
"We don't want to be down there battling for our lives over the final few weeks of the season," the 27-year-old added.
"It's disappointing to be in the position that we are in at the moment, because things had been going so well up until the New Year.
"Things can change in football so quickly though, especially here in the Premier League. We are desperate to get those three points on the board this weekend, then start looking upwards again.
"We have more than enough quality to turn things around over the coming weeks, and I am sure that we will do that, and enjoy a much-improved end to the season."