With the Potters on a 14-match unbeaten run at the Britannia Stadium, their American defender says his side are confident of success against Everton on Saturday
The 27-year-old has been a key part of a Potters defence which has only conceded 12 goals all season and believes they can extend their good run against the Toffees.
“People come to the Britannia Stadium and it is an incredibly tough place for them to come and try to get a point or three points,” he told the club’s official website.
“It’s cold here, it’s windy and we make life difficult for them. Nobody really enjoys coming here and playing against us, so we want to make sure we continue to make that the case, and continue to pick up points as regularly as we have been doing.”
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He added: “It is definitely more of a team effort. Eleven players defend as one, so you have to give credit to every player on the pitch.
“For me, I am still trying to get fully used to the full-back role, as it is something pretty new to me still. I am trying to learn every day, and I feel I am improving with every game.
“We are defending really well as a team, and we are making it extremely hard for teams to score against us.”
The American will face compatriot Tim Howard on Saturday, and has lauded the goalkeeper as one of the best around.
He said: “[Howard] is a great guy, and a person that has helped me along in my career, without a doubt.
“I really enjoy playing in front of him on international duty, and I think he has shown over his career that he is one of the best ‘keepers in the business.
“I learn a lot from him when I play in the same team as him, because he has a lot of experience. He has played for Manchester United and now at Everton, and he also has a lot of international caps too.
“For me, it is great to be on the same field as him. I have a lot of respect for him as a person and for him as a professional footballer.”