Birmingham manager Zola says Spector could move to MLS


Jonathan Spector has played in England for the entirety of his professional career, suiting up for Manchester United, Charlton Athletic, West Ham and, ultimately, Birmingham City. However, it appears his time in England may be coming towards its end as an offer from MLS has come in.

Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola says Spector has received offers that could see him return to the U.S. during the January transfer window. Spector is Birmingham City’s longest-serving player, having played 179 games since joining the club in 2011.

Spector has earned 35 career U.S. Men’s National Team caps, with the most recent coming in September¬†2015.

“The right back position was not our concern or focus to change because I am very happy with the ones I have got,” Zola said according to the Birmingham Mail, “but there might be a request for Jonathan Spector to go back home and that case is something I have to consider.

“He has been a very loyal player for this club, in six months his contract is going to be up and if we can help him with something we will try to do that, he deserves that. I cannot say about the team but there might be the possibility that Jonathan will be going back home and that’s the reason why we are active in that position – possibly in this transfer window.”

Spector and Birmingham City return to action Wednesday against Newcastle in EFL Cup action.

  • Gary Page

    Makes sense and he would probably be an upgrade for a lot of MLS teams. He also seems very durable. I can’t remember a lot of times when he has been out injured.


    • SilverRey

      Unfortunately, he has missed months at a time due to injuries. It has also hampered his Nats career with bad timing.

      I was always wanted to see Spector be more of a force on the national team, but the stars never really aligned for him.

      He’s been healthy more recently though, so here’s hoping for a bright future in MLS.


      • Clyde Frog

        When Spector was 18 I was convinced he would finish his career with more caps, and probably more World Cups, than any US player. Too bad that never happened. Certainly a solid career though.


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