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Cameron takes shot at ex-USMNT boss Arena: 'Real coaches don’t listen to studio analysts!'

6:01 PM WAT 15/11/2017
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Benched in World Cup qualifying, the Stoke City defender did not take kindly to remarks made by his former coach during a Fox broadcast Tuesday

Geoff Cameron has taken a shot at Bruce Arena after an apparent slight from the former U.S. national team coach during a Fox broadcast Tuesday.

After starting four of Arena's first five World Cup qualifiers in charge, the 32-year-old defender was benched for the final three matches — including last month's 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago — as the U.S. missed out on Russia 2018.

Serving as a studio analyst for the Americans' 1-1 friendly draw with Portugal, Arena doubled down on his apparent lack of faith in Cameron by saying John Brooks and Matt Miazga likely would have been his starting center backs had the U.S. qualified for Russia.

"We had some injuries during the year, in particular at the center back position," Arena said. "John Brooks wasn't available for a long time and today we see John Brooks partnering up with Matt Miazga. If I were a betting man, I would have bet those two would have been our center backs at the World Cup."

Fox analyst Stuart Holden tweeted Arena's statement, leading Cameron to respond to his former U.S. and Houston Dynamo teammate by writing: "Good thing real coaches don't listen to studio analysts!"

And Cameron wasn't done. Responding later to an ESPNFC video in which a panel of former players criticized Arena's lack of "self-awareness" for appearing as a pundit so soon after the World Cup failure, Cameron wrote: "Great analyst gentleman. Couldn't say it much better myself. #SelfAwareness."

Cameron, who was not summoned by U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan for Tuesday's friendly because of a concussion, has started seven Premier League matches for Stoke City this season.