U.S. national team defender Jonathan Spector is facing surgery to repair a torn labrum, surgery that could sideline him from three to six months and would force him to miss the Olympics.
If Spector does wind up having surgery, which appears likely, it would be a big blow to the U.S. Olympic team, which would have had Spector penciled in as a starting central defender. His absence would make it all the more likely that one of the team’s three over-age slots will be used on a central defender (Carlos Bocanegra anybody?).
Who among the age-eligible players can pick up the slack? Michael Orozco was very impressive in Olympic qualifying and looks like a strong candidate to start. Maurice Edu could also be used in central defense.
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