Spector added to USMNT roster for Ukraine friendly

Spector added to USMNT roster for Ukraine friendly

U.S. Men's National Team

Spector added to USMNT roster for Ukraine friendly

Jonathan Spector

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By DAN KARELL

It turns out Jurgen Klinsmann has added a player to his squad after all.

After Tim Ream, Mix Diskerud, and Michael Bradley withdrew from the U.S. Men’s National Team squad ahead of their friendly match against Ukraine, Klinsmann announced that Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector has been added to the roster. Spector will join the squad on Monday for their last day of training in Frankfurt, Germany before heading with the team to Cyprus.

The 28-year-old veteran can play anywhere across the backline and has even deputized for Birmingham City in central midfield. Spector has struggled to overcome a thigh injury since May 2012, but he finally made his return to the Blues starting lineup on Feb. 22 in a 2-1 victory against Blackpool.

Since making his international debut in 2004, Spector has earned 34 caps for the USMNT, playing on the 2007 Gold Cup winning U.S. side and being in the squad for the 2010 World Cup. Spector last played for the USMNT in their impressive 1-0 victory at Italy on Feb. 29, 2012.

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What do you think of this news? Like the call-up? Think he has a shot of sneaking on to the 2014 World Cup roster? Do you see him playing against Ukraine?

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