Jonathan Spector

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 29 : Jonathan Spector #2 of the United States during a pre-World Cup warm-up match against Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field on May 29, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Position: Right Back

Club: West Ham United (England)

Club History

Jonathan Spector started his career in a big way, making his first club appearance for the most famous club in the world – Manchester United.  His talent recognized by a scout when Spector was only 17, the striker-turned-defender spent his teen years with United but did not see significant time on the pitch until he was loaned to Charlton Athletic in 2005.  After a relatively successful stint with Charlton, West Ham United bought Spector at the start of the 2006 campaign.  Starting twenty-odd games over the next two years, he demonstrated his versatility by playing all four defensive positions.  Unfortunately, Spector’s promising career was slowed by a number of injuries, one of which forced him out of contention for the 2006 World Cup.  He persevered and has become an invaluable member of West Ham.  In 2009-2010, due to injuries to other players, Spector has spent significant time playing left back in addition to his preferred right back.

National Team History

Due to his injuries, Spector did not, excepting the 2007 Gold Cup, achieve a string of appearances with the United States until 2009, though the wait was well worth it.  He figured prominently in the USMNT’s run to the finals of the 2009 Confederations Cup, contributing two assists from right back.  Spector proved his versatility in 09-10 by playing center back in both friendlies and World Cup qualifying matches.  The West Ham man also featured in three of the last four US World Cup qualifiers in 2009; the US could only afford to sit him for the final match when the Yanks had already qualified.  US fans will certainly hope that Spector appears at the World Cup as a right back, but his versatility means he can contribute wherever he lines up.

Official US Soccer Bio

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