Cameron embraces groundbreaking role with Sporting KC

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Cameron’s new job with Sporting — she started last month — comes as women are taking on greater roles in pro soccer in the United States and abroad. And not just with women’s teams.Two women — Kathy Carter and former national team goalkeeper Hope Solo — are among the eight candidates running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Only four countries — Liberia, Turks and Caicos, Burundi, and Sierra Leone — have ever elected a woman to head their soccer federation.Chan Yuen-ting became the first female coach to lead a men’s team to a title in a top-flight league in 2016 when she guided Eastern Sports Club to the Hong Kong Premier League championship.Corinne Diacre served as manager (coach) of a second-division French men’s team, Clermont Foot, for several years until becoming head coach of the French women’s national team in the run-up to the 2019 Women’s World Cup.And last year the Bundesliga’s Bibiana Steinhaus became the first female referee in a top-flight European league. There were a record seven female officials at the men’s under-17 World Cup in India last year.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Towns’ near triple-double pushes Wolves past Knicks Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carter, who is on leave from her position as president of Major League Soccer’s marketing subsidiary, Soccer United Marketing, had high praise for Cameron. Carter noted that there aren’t all that many women in the sport’s boardrooms, but they’re even rarer on the technical side of the sport.“I think Meghan is going to get out there and build on uncharted territory, but I think she’s up to the task,” Carter said.Cameron’s current job has been the culmination of a life in soccer. Cameron was a standout at Rutgers — Vermes is also an alum — and was on the 2002 Scarlet Knights team that reached the Sweet 16.“I played soccer since I was 3, so it’s always been a passion of mine. It’s been kind of a piece of who I am. I played soccer at Rutgers but unfortunately my career was cut short and I only got to play three seasons because of injury,” she said. “So at that time I kind of reevaluated and thought, there’s a different way for the sport to be a part of me, and that was working in the front office.”She worked for eight years as senior manager in player relations in the MLS league offices. Her job was to help teams manage rosters and budgets, while also approving player acquisitions and trades. But she also had a hand in non-financial duties, like youth coaching initiatives and the league’s Rookie Symposium.“For a long time I’ve been the only female in the room. And it has never been an issue for me. I’ve had the respect of everyone around me, and I respect them. I think as long as you can handle yourself, and it doesn’t matter that you’re female, you’ll get the respect that you deserve,” she said. “As more women move through the ranks and into positions like coaches, it won’t be, ‘Oh, they’ve got a female coach,’ it will be, ‘Oh, they’ve got a new coach.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Her role will move into another uncharted area for a woman in MLS: She’ll evaluate prospective players for Vermes, as well as for the Swope Park Rangers and the organization’s academy.“Peter Vermes just called me,” the longtime MLS front office executive said about her new job’s genesis. “Obviously it’s humbling to be the first. But for me it doesn’t matter if I’m the first or the last or the 101st. Peter called me to do a job, it wasn’t because I’m a female. He knew what I could bring to the table. I do hope this opens the doors for others moving on, but I don’t consider myself a trailblazer. I’m just doing a job.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLike all coaches, Cameron said Vermes has specific ideas about player characteristics and qualities. Cameron will be working with Director of Player Personnel Brian Bliss.“The plan is that I’ll be learning what it is in each position that they’re looking for in players so that I can assist in the scouting side as well,” she said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense In this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 photo, Meghan Cameron, Sporting Kansas City’s assistant director of player personnel, poses for a photograph at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Cameron is settling into her job at Sporting, the first woman to manage player contracts, salary budget, and acquisitions for a Major League Soccer team. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Meghan Cameron didn’t go out looking to break barriers. Instead, Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes came to her.Cameron is settling into her job as assistant director of player personnel with Sporting, the first woman to manage player contracts, salary budget, and acquisitions for a Major League Soccer team.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

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first_img(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals made no concessions even after a loss to the previously one-win Oakland Raiders. They felt they are, and were, the better football team.Maybe after Oakland beat them 23-21 Sunday in State Farm Stadium, the reality — that both teams have two wins through 10 games — is starting to sink in.“You are what your record says you are,” Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters said. “Right now, we’re not a very good football team, but I think a lot of it is our own fault.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo What went wrong late for the Cardinals?The final possession by Oakland loomed as the most obvious breakdown.But there was also a 57-yard Johnson touchdown jaunt with 2:34 left that would have extended the lead to eight points. That was called back due to a holding penalty on Arizona tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.A play before that, there was an unnecessary roughness call on Arizona tight end Jermaine Gresham. It turned a 2nd-and-12 into a 3rd-and-23.A dropped interception by Cardinals linebacker Josh Bynes with the Raiders backed up at their own 2-yard line just before Arizona’s final possession also tallied as a missed opportunity.“I think if there was an expression that exists of finding a way to lose, I think it applies here,” Rosen said, before offering a promise that would look more appealing if he were the only one to blame.“You either quit or you don’t quit. And I promise you we won’t.” – / 60 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 6 Comments Share Pick the moment, and the Cardinals see a path that could have led them to beat the Raiders. That’s how they still felt.Related LinksJosh Rosen explains a naughty rule to follow when making readsLosing to Oakland is rough, but might be best thing for CardinalsThe 5: Explanations for the Cardinals’ blown opportunities vs. the RaidersRapid Reactions: Cardinals lose in disappointing fashion to OaklandCardinals shine early, fall to Raiders on last-second field goal“No disrespect to the Raiders, but we feel as though we were the better football team there,” Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen said. “That’s why this one was really frustrating.”The rookie quarterback was among the long list of Cardinals who shot themselves in their respective feet at key points during the defeat.Rosen went 9-of-20 for 136 yards, three touchdowns but two interceptions. He fumbled a shotgun snap that combined with a penalty to kill a second-half drive with the game tied.And no, that he shared the field at times with a rookie running back, two rookie receivers, a rookie left tackle and rookie center didn’t matter.“It was across the board with everyone,” Rosen said of the breakdowns.Arizona’s offense went stagnant for the second and third quarters after taking a 14-7 lead after 15 minutes, and 14 first-half points by Oakland scored off Rosen’s picks evened the game by the half. But when Rosen and running back David Johnson led the Cardinals on a touchdown drive in the fourth to give their team a 21-20 lead with five minutes to play, it looked like the home team just might hang on. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Instead, it self-destructed with two Cardinals punts coming out of two possessions that would’ve put the game away — or at the very least led to overtime barring a defensive breakdown that ended up becoming reality.“This is definitely going to sting,” said running back David Johnson, who finished with 25 carries for 135 yards.“The Raiders, everybody knows, are trading guys away. They are doing everything to try to rebuild.”After taking a 21-20 lead with 5:02 to play, Arizona’s defense forced two straight Raiders punts, but Oakland’s third possession since falling behind in the fourth was the charm.The Raiders used a 32-yard pass down the left sideline to rookie receiver Marcell Ateman with Cardinals corner Bene Benwikere in coverage to spark a 63-yard drive that ended with a Daniel Carlson field goal from 35 yards out as the final second ticked off.“I think for us, I think it’s important to let it burn a little bit. Let it burn through tomorrow,” Peters said. “I think it’s important for us to feel this, to realize that’s it’s unacceptable to realize how much work and how far we have to go.” Top Stories last_img read more