ATTLEBORO, R.I. (WPRI) — It seems World Cup fever has swept the globe once again. But a family in Attleboro has followed soccer very closely for more than two decades, and for good reason.
In the living room at the home of Scott and Diane Cameron, soccer is as big as it is in other parts of the world. Diane hosts watch parties with their closest friends and family. After all, that’s her son, Geoff Cameron, starting for the United States World Cup team.
“Until I see him make the first touch and some nice passes here and there, it’s like, you start to calm down a little bit,” said Diane.
To say Geoff’s parents are proud is an understatement. Photos of Geoff’s soccer journey are in each room; from his days with a boyish look playing at Providence Country Day School, to the day he was drafted.
Scott recalls his son at the age of five, after watching the national team practice, declaring he would play in the world cup. And now that dream is coming true on the world stage, thanks to what his dad calls the three ‘D’s’: dedication, discipline, and desire.
“It really was exciting,” said Scott, “to watch the whole transformation of individuals coming together in a relatively short period of time to play as a pretty cohesive group and they defended very well.”
After the World Cup, Geoff will return to playing in the English Premier League. But first, his parents are preparing for a big party as he takes on Portugal Sunday night.