Former New Zealand footballer, Cameron Knowles may not be a household name but is journey is one of challenge and adaptation. From the bumpy fields of Auckland's North Shore to the stadiums of MLS and defending against the likes of David Beckham and Landon Donovan, Cameron was somewhat of a late bloomer - working hard to overcome his lack of technical development through persistence, effort and intelligence.
With four years of college football at the University of Akron (including two MAC Conference Championships) and a 7-year professional career that began at Real Salt Lake in 2005, Cameron experienced many ups and downs in his time as a player.
After two seasons in Salt Lake, he was cut from the roster. However, the Portland Timbers (then in USL Division 1) came calling and Cameron played with the team for four seasons between 2007 and 2010. A brief stint at Montreal Impact in 2011 was the last stop in Cameron’s professional playing journey after a serious leg injury brought the curtain down on a career defined by strong work...
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