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Klinsmann Calls Spector into U.S. Camp for Match Against Ukraine

CHICAGO (March 2, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector into training camp in advance of the USA’s friendly against Ukraine on March 5 in Cyprus. The roster now includes 22 players, who will train Monday in Frankfurt, Germany, before departing the following day.

The versatile veteran can play a variety of positions on the back line. He has a chance to make his first appearance for the MNT since the historic 1-0 victory against Italy on Feb. 29, 2012, in Genoa.

The USA-Ukraine match was previously set to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine, but the location was changed due to current conditions in the country. Kickoff at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca is set for 2 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

The match falls on the only FIFA international fixture date before May, making this the one opportunity for European-based players to play for the National Team prior to the start of the World Cup preparation camp. The team began gathering in Frankfurt on Sunday, March 2, for two days of training before traveling to play for the first time in Cyprus.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Barnsley), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (Utrecht), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)

U.S. MNT Garners First Victory Against Four-Time World Cup Champion Italy on Wednesday

  • Dempsey Nets Game's Lone Goal in 55th Minute While Tim Howard Earns Shutout
  • Goal Moves Dempsey Past Joe-Max Moore for Fourth on All-Time Scoring List
  • MNT Debut New Nike Away Kit in Victory
  • U.S. Next Hosts Scotland on May 26 at EverBankField in Jacksonville, Fla.

GENOA, Italy (Feb. 29, 2012) – Clint Dempsey scored early in the second half to provide the U.S. Men’s National Team a historic 1-0 victory against Italy at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa. The victory against the four-time FIFA World Cup champion was the first in U.S. history, breaking a previous 10-game losing streak against Italy that dated back to 1934.

“We are really pleased with the game and with the result,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “If you beat Italy on its own soil, then that means a lot. For us, the goal was to come here to learn. The challenge that this game gave us, especially on the tactical side – to read the game ahead, to think one step ahead – for our players, it was big. It was a big step for them to be constantly on high alert for 90 minutes.”

The U.S. players also debuted their new Nike away kits that combine a distinctly American look with cutting edge, player-focused technology.

The buildup for Dempsey’s game-winning goal came from the left side as Fabian Johnson crossed the ball in from the left side to Jozy Altidore. With his back turned to the goal against Italy’s Andrea Barzagli, Altidore touched the ball back toward the top of the box where Dempsey ripped a right-footed strike splitting a pair of Italian defenders and into the lower left side of the net. The Italians were coming off a European Championship qualifying campaign in which they had not surrendered a single goal at home.

Dempsey surpassed Joe-Max Moore for fourth all-time on the U.S. scoring list with his 25th career goal. He is the fourth U.S. player to score a goal against Italy, as one of the USA’s previous tallies was the result of an own goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The goal was also the first in the run of play against Italy since John Harkes tallied in a 1-1 draw on June 6, 1992.

Backstopped by Tim Howard, the U.S. defense showed resolve throughout the night. The back four stood strong while midfielders Michael Bradley and Maurice Edu were a constant menace to the Italian attackers.

The U.S. has collected three straight shutout victories to open the 2012 campaign, and extended its winning streak to four, dating back to last November’s 3-2 victory against Slovenia. Italy had carried a 7-0-3 record against the USA since the two sides debuted against each other in the second-ever World Cup on May 27, 1934. Italy had also never lost in 20 matches against all opponents at Stadio Luigi Ferraris until the United States broke that streak.

The match started off with Italy controlling play with short, crisp passing combinations. About six minutes into the game, Italy’s Alessandro Matri had the match’s first shot on goal, forcing U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard to make his most difficult save of the night to keep the score level.

Italy’s Sebastian Giovinco was a threat to the USA defense throughout much of the first half. In the ninth minute, Giovinco had an opportunity at the top of the box with Howard rushing up to deflect the ball back off of Giovinco for a goal kick. In the 19th minute, Giovinco got behind the U.S. defense and attacked toward the near left post with his shot. Howard rose up to make the save.

The USA put two shots on goal during the match, and the team’s best scoring opportunity of the first half came in the 38th minute when Dempsey’s free kick went to the right of Italy’s five-man wall and split teammates Brek Shea and Altidore, but Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was directly in the path of the strike and punched clear.

After Dempsey scored in the second half, Italy stepped up its offensive attack in an effort to erase the rare deficit. In the 63rd minute, Italy second-half sub Fabio Borini in his senior team debut took a left-footed shot and Howard went slightly to his right to make the key save.

From the 78th through 81st minute, Italy was lurking around the net. U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, making his 101st appearance, had a clutch interception of the ball as Italy’s Gianpaolo Pazzini was in the goal box hoping Ignazio Abate’s cross from the right would make it through to him. Then about 30 seconds later, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector came up with another important block, a feat he duplicated against a Fabian Borini attempt in the 81st minute.

Adding to Italy’s frustration was a flurry of offside calls throughout the match. Italy was ruled offside nine times and at key junctures of the game.

The U.S. hosts its next two matches, taking on Scotland on May 26 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. (8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network), followed by a May 30 match against Brazil at FedExField in Landover, Md. (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision).

Additional Match Notes:

  • U.S. forward Terrence Boyd made his National Team debut when he entered for Altidore in the 79th minute. Boyd originally was named to the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team as it was preparing for Wednesday night’s late match against Mexico’s U-23s.
  • Midfielder Brek Shea made his 10th consecutive appearance and eighth start with Klinsmann at the helm. Shea, who has 11 caps, was in the midst of the U-23 training camp when he was called to the roster with several senior team players on the mend.
  • Howard made his first start of 2012 and earned his 73rd career cap.
  • Italy’s Buffon became the most-capped Italian goalkeeper with his 113th career appearance. He moved ahead of former Italy goalkeeper Dino Zoff. Buffon ranks third all-time in Italian caps behind defenders Fabio Cannavaro (136) and Paolo Maldini (126).

-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --

Match: USA vs. Italy
Date: Feb. 29, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferraris – Genoa, Italy
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 15,000
Weather: 48 degrees, fog
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Italy 0 0 0
USA 0 1 1
USA – Clint Dempsey (Jozy Altidore) 55th minute

Lineups:
USA : 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo, 4-Clarence Goodson, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 3-Fabian Johnson (13-Jonathan Spector, 77); 6-Michael Bradley, 8-Maurice Edu; 7-Danny Williams,10-Clint Dempsey (17-Edson Buddle, 90), 11-Brek Shea (16-Sacha Kljestan, 73); 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Terrence Boyd, 79)
Subs not used: 12-Nick Rimando, 14-Michael Parkhurst, 15-Geoff Cameron
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

ITA : 1-Gianluigi Buffon (capt.); 2-Christian Maggio (5-Daniel De Rossi, 71), 15-Andrea Barzagli, 20-Angelo Obinze Ogbonna, 4-Domenico Criscito (3-Giorgio Chiellini, 46); 13-Thiago Motta (7-Gianpaolo Pazzini, 59), 21-Andrea Pirlo, 8-Claudio Marchisio (11-Ignazio Abate, 71), 23-Antonio Nocerino (18-Riccardo Montolivo, 46); 9-Alessandro Matri (22-Fabio Borini, 59), 10-Sebastian Giovinco
Subs not used: 6-Federico Balzaretti, 14-Davide Astori, 16-Salvatore Sirigu, 17-Emiliano Viviano, 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 24-Morgan De Sanctis
Head coach: Cesare Prandelli

Stats Summary: USA / ITA
Shots: 4 / 19
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 7 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 8
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 0 / 9

Misconduct Summary:
ITA – Giorgio Chiellini 67th minute
USA – Carlos Bocanegra 68th minute

Officials:
Referee: Firat Aydinus (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Andrea De Marco (ITA)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

U.S. Defender Spector Vying for Premier League Return at Birmingham City

U.S. defender Jonathan Spector is putting together his busiest season to date since playing in England. Before Spector joined Birmingham City, it was relegated to The Championship following the 2010-11 Premier League campaign. But Spector and the Blues are very much in the hunt to return to the top flight for 2012-13.

U.S. Men’s National Team defender Jonathan Spector is currently playing the most important role of his professional tenure in England. After several seasons of off-and-on playing time within the Premier League, Spector is a key component for a Birmingham City team that is enjoying a rousing run that has the team in prime position to return to England’s top flight.

Before Spector arrived to the Blues in August of last year, Birmingham had been relegated to The Championship. The team has been on a roll over the past two months, not losing a match since its 1-0 road loss on Dec. 19, 2011, to Crystal Palace. During the unbeaten stretch, the Blues have been 6-3-0 in league play and 8-4-0 overall to move into third place.

“We’ve been on a great run as of late,” Spector said. “We knew it was going to take a while to work our way up the table because we had a few games in hand because of the Europa League. We knew that we weren’t going to be in the hunt initially. Now we’re up to third, and I think we’re two points off automatic promotion, and six points off first place, which is a great spot to be in. But we also know there are teams behind us who are fighting to work their way up the table, as well.”

The 26-year-old Arlington Heights, Ill., native is seeing more playing time with Birmingham than he has during any other previous season at West Ham United or Manchester United. Spector has played in 25 league matches and 37 in all, earning the starting nod in every match. Before Saturday’s contest against Barnsley, the Blues still have 17 league games on the docket through April.

While Spector cannot predict where he could potentially fit in within the U.S. Men’s National Team under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann down the road, the consistent playing time bodes well for him.

“It’s just been beneficial for me individually in a sense that I’m playing week in and week out and having this run of games,” Spector said. “You’re bound to improve and sharpen up on certain things, which I’ve been able to do. In past seasons, whether it’s through injuries or just being in and out of the team, it certainly makes it more difficult. Fitness isn’t an issue for me with the number of games we’ve played. Within the team I’ve started more games than anyone else, and I feel great.”

Spector has enjoyed this sense of regular stability and his heightened role at Birmingham. Spector had some stretches over the previous five seasons at West Ham when he was a frequent contributor, but there were times within the Premier League when he had hoped to contribute much more.

“I’ve been in the Premier League for so many years but was not always playing consistently,” Spector said. “Injuries were a big part of that for a couple seasons when I was at West Ham and I had two surgeries that kept me out for lengthy periods of time unfortunately. With all the changes in management and things like that, there wasn’t a lot of stability. So I just felt it was time for me to move somewhere where I would play consistently. I’m certainly getting that this year.”

Spector is not used to being on this side of the promotion/relegation dynamic, but as long as Birmingham continues its torrid pace, his Championship tenure could be a brief one.

“It’s exciting being where we’re at,” Spector said. “We’re right on the coattails of promotion and first place in the league, and we’d love to be right up there at the end of the season. If we can win the automatic promotion, that would be great. At the very least, we expect a playoff spot.

“After playing in the Premier League for a number of years, the goal has always been to get back to that.”

Spector is well known for his versatility on the pitch. He started the season in the midfield, but as of late Spector has dropped to Birmingham’s back line, which has allowed only six goals in 15 regular-season home matches.

“I started off playing the season at center midfield, which I was really enjoying,” Spector said. “But Stephen Carr got injured for a lengthy period of time, so obviously I knew I’d be playing as a fullback. I have enjoyed playing there as of late. It’s a bit of a change from what my role was at the beginning of the season, but I have enjoyed playing as a fullback. It’s on the right side, as opposed to left back, where I played for an entire season a couple years ago with West Ham.”

There have been moments during Spector’s professional time in England where he has been more of a fallback option. But with Birmingham manager Chris Hughton’s side, Spector has been a go-to factor in the starting roster because of the adaptability he brings to the table.

“It’s not as if I’m changing [positions] week in and week out,” Spector said. “But I also think after playing in a position for a few games you grow into it and you get more accustomed to it initially. Your mindset has to change in terms of what your role is within the team. I just think I’m naturally suited for both roles, whether in the midfield or as a defender.”

Spector said that Blues supporters are certainly latching onto the promotion sentiment now that Birmingham is six points behind first-place West Ham and only two points behind second-place Southampton.

“At the start of the season, the fans didn’t have the same expectations as the players in the sense that the players all felt that we could achieve promotion in this first season,” Spector said. “The fans were slightly more cynical, and probably rightfully so with the number of changes at the club. But I think now the fans feel, after seeing our performance and the run we’ve been on, I think they feel that’s certainly something we can achieve as a club.”

Klinsmann Calls 22 Players for October Friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador

CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2011) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a squad of 22 players to prepare for the upcoming friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador. The U.S. first hosts Honduras on Oct. 8 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer and Univision. Three days later, the U.S. makes its first appearance at Red Bull Arena when they welcome Ecuador to Harrison, N.J. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)

“We would like to continue seeing our players develop through these initial couple of months,” said Klinsmann. “One important thing is to see continuity in the build-up of our national team and also in the way we work as coaches. We'd like to see new faces as well, but we also don't want to shake up the core structure of the team too much. The two results with Costa Rica and Belgium didn't work in our favor but we saw clearly that the team started to understand what we demand from them in terms of pace, playing style and how to play. We are definitely on the right path, and what we now need to focus on in this get together is the eagerness to finish things off up front.”

All but three of the players on the roster have been in camp since Klinsmann took the helm in August. Two-time World Cup defender Oguchi Onyewu returns to the fold, along with Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, while Danny Williams get his first introduction into a U.S. camp. Born in Germany, the 21-year-old will be eligible to play for the United States after certifying his U.S. citizenship with the U.S. Consulate in Germany.

Tickets for USA-Honduras starting at $18 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout South Florida (including most Walmart stores), and the Sun Life Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

The U.S. and Honduras have met 17 times in the series dating back to 1965, with the U.S. collecting a 11-3-3 advantage. The teams have played several memorable matches, including the USA’s stunning 3-2 victory on Oct. 10, 2009, in San Pedro Sula that sealed their place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, the United States earned a dramatic 2-2 draw against Costa Rica that delivered Honduras a spot in South Africa.

Tickets for USA-Ecuador starting at $30 are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-727-6223 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. only) and at the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

The U.S. only holds a 2-4-4 record against Ecuador, but both wins have come in the last two meetings. After only scoring two goals in eight games (both in a 2-2 draw on Dec. 2, 1984), the U.S. finally earned their first victory against Ecuador on March 10, 2002, with a 1-0 victory in Birmingham, Ala., that saw U.S. goalkeeper and New Jersey native Tim Howard earn his first cap and first shutout. In the next match of the series, the U.S. was led by all-time leading goalscorer Landon Donovan who registered a hat trick in a 3-1 victory on March 25, 2007, in Tampa, Fla.

As part of the activities during camp, the U.S. Men’s National Team will hold public training sessions at Sun Life Stadium and Red Bull Arena. The public training session in Miami will take place Friday, Oct. 7 from 5-6 p.m., and at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 10 from 5-6 p.m. Admission to both sessions are free. Fans that plan on attending are requested to register on ussoccer.com [SUN LIFE STADIUM] [RED BULL ARENA]. All training times and locations are subject to change. U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members will receive premium seating. If fans wish to take part in this exclusive priority, they can join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club.

At the stadiums, U.S. Soccer will continue to implement the Respect Campaign, which was launched in 2011 and includes a number of initiatives to enhance the game experience, particularly in the areas of customer service and fan-friendly behavior. U.S. Soccer is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for fans to enjoy the special atmosphere at these matches.

 

Spector Heads North: Defender Moves to Birmingham City

Jonathan Spector is only 25 but he’s already one of the most experienced U.S. Men’s National Team players in Europe. Since moving abroad in 2003, Spector has been playing in England and this summer he took a new step in his club career. After five years at West Ham Spector made the move to Birmingham City and a team hungry for promotion back to the Premier League. ussoccer.com asked the versatile defender/midfielder about his recent move.

ussoccer.com: How did the move to Birmingham City come about?
Jonathan Spector: “There was interest from a few different clubs over the summer and for me Birmingham was a pretty easy choice. It's a big club with a great fan base. That was evident in our last home game: It was sold out for a Europa League qualifier, which was pretty exciting. The fans were fantastic and it was good to advance in that competition.”

ussoccer.com: Birmingham plays in the English Football League Championship so the logical goal is to make the jump back up to the Premier League?
JS: “It is a club that has ambition to get promoted. They have the wherewithal and there are some talented players in the squad. The manager, Chris Hughton, has the experience of getting Newcastle promoted.”

ussoccer.com: After the Gold Cup you were out of contract. When you joined Birmingham the season was on the verge of beginning, so you had no preseason. Clearly you had to hit the ground running?
JS:
“The first game was a couple days after I arrived and I hadn't gone through a preseason with a team. I was doing some training on my own and with a former teammate of mine who was also out of contract, so I was in relatively good shape but certainly not where I wanted to be going into the beginning of the season. I traveled for the first away game and I knew I wasn't going to play, but the manager wanted me involved and to be with the team. Two games later I was thrown right in and then we had four games in two weeks, with a trip to Portugal for the Europa League. My debut for Birmingham was in Madeira, Portugal against Nacional in the Europa League.”

ussoccer.com: What was it like moving to a new club and having to get acclimated so quickly?
JS: “It was a strange experience for me. I spent five years at West Ham which in soccer terms is a really long time. Making that move was different and not going through preseason meant there was a little bit of a learning curve and some catching up to do. I felt really welcome at the club and in the end it was easy to settle in.”

ussoccer.com: What's the dynamic like in the locker room?
JS: “It's a positive locker room and it's a younger team. We have a few older, more experienced players but there's also some youth mixed in, which is good. That'll be important for us in our bid for promotion. It's a good group of players.”

ussoccer.com: You moved from London to Birmingham, what have you seen of the city so far?
JS: “I haven't seen a great deal of the city as of yet. I've been so busy, with games and training and it's also been nonstop traveling. It seems like a nice city and obviously Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj are there with Aston Villa. I'm sure I'll see a bit of them.”

ussoccer.com: You and the rest of the players are putting your club careers in the background for a little while during this international break. What are you expecting from the game against Costa Rica tomorrow?
JS: “Whenever we play Costa Rica on home soil we know they’re going to be defensive. We’ll probably have a tough game on our hands trying to break them down. Hopefully we’ll put on a good show and a good performance. Getting good results is important for us heading into World Cup qualifying next year.”

Chris Pontius and Jonathan Spector Added to U.S. Men's National Team Roster for September Friendly

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2011) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Chris Pontius and Jonathan Spector to the roster for the match against Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd and Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce have withdrawn due to injury.

Spector has appeared 31 times for the United States and is a veteran of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He moved to Birmingham City of the English League Championship this summer following five seasons at West Ham United. Pontius is making his second appearance in a U.S. national team camp after participating in the January camp in 2010, and the third-year D.C. United midfielder will be looking to earn his first cap.

Zach Loyd has been nursing a right hamstring strain and did not play this past Saturday when FC Dallas won 3-2 at Sporting Kansas City. That same evening, Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce suffered a hamstring strain and left in the 61st minute of the 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.

Additionally, Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey will remain in London to receive treatment for back spasms. Dempsey will join the team in Brussels on Sunday in advance of the match against Belgium on Sept. 6 at King Baudouin Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN3.com. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. 

Tickets for USA-Costa Rica starting at $20 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Los Angeles area (including Walmart and La Curacao stores), and at The Home Depot Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. PT and will be televised live on ESPN2 and Galavision.

At the stadium U.S. Soccer will continue to implement the Respect Campaign, which was launched in 2011 and includes a number of initiatives to enhance the game experience, particularly in the areas of customer service and fan-friendly behavior. U.S. Soccer is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for fans to enjoy the special atmosphere at these matches.

As part of the week of activity in Carson, the U.S. Men’s National Team will hold a public training session Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 5-6 p.m. at The Home Depot Center. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. Fans who plan on attending are requested to register by emailing rsvp@ussoccer.org. All training times and locations are subject to change.

U.S. TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club América), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

 

A hard-working and versatile defender, Spector often displays his attacking instincts going forward and is an excellent long passer and crosser of the ball.  A member of the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, he continues to show his ability to compete against gifted opponents, having started games in 2011 against Argentina and Spain. A seasoned professional at what is still a relatively young age, he displays maturity and quiet leadership skills for both club and country. He has spent his entire professional career in England, beginning with Manchester United and including time at Charlton Athletic, West Ham United and now Birmingham City. 
  • A member of the U.S. squad that reached the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final
  • One of seven players to start all five games during the USA’s run to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, his 11 appearances in 2009 nearly doubled his career total
  • Vastly experienced at the youth level, he represented the USA during the U-17 World Cup in 2003, the U-20 World Cup in 2005 and Olympic qualifying in 2008
  • Became the youngest American to play for Manchester United’s first team after being signed in September 2003 at the age of 17

2012: Injuries limited his avalibility for the team in 2012 ... Entered as a sub in the 77th minute to help maintain the 1-0 victory against Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa ... 2011: Played in five matches for the U.S., including three consecutive appearances against Argentina, Paraguay and Spain … A member of the squad that reached the Gold Cup final … 2010: A member of the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad but did not appear as Steve Cherundolo showed exceptional form at right back … Started in four matches, going 90 in the 2-1 loss to Holland on March 3 in Amsterdam … Went 45 in the 2-1 victory against Turkey in the final Send-Off Series match on May 29 in Philadelphia … Went the distance against Brazil on Aug. 10 and Colombia on Oct. 13 … 2009: Along with Oguchi Onyewu, Jay DeMerit and Landon Donovan, he played 90 minutes in all five games at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup … Contributed two assists during the USA’s run to the final in South Africa, providing crosses for Clint Dempsey in games against Egypt (June 21) and the final against Brazil (June 28) … Made his FIFA World Cup qualifying debut and first appearance since March 2008, going 90 minutes at right back in the 2-1 win against Honduras on June 6 in Chicago … Went on to feature in three more World Cup qualifiers in 2009, playing 90 minutes in victories against El Salvador (Sept. 5), Trinidad & Tobago (Sept. 9) and Honduras (Oct. 10) … 2008: Injury limited him to just one appearance in 2008 … Came on as a second half sub in the 3-0 victory against Poland on March 26 in Krakow … Part of the squad which traveled to England and Spain in June, but was eventually ruled out with a hip injury … 2007: Made frequent appearances in 2007 in various positions across the backline … A member of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup winning squad … Started three games in that tournament, including the final against Mexico … Had to be withdrawn from that game in the 72nd minute after suffering a mild concussion … 2006: Made no appearances as a dislocated shoulder kept him out of action for much of the year … 2005: Got his first-ever World Cup qualifying start in the USA’s final match of the campaign, a 2-0 win against Panama on Oct. 12 in Foxborough … Trained with the team in Chicago prior to the match against England in the end of May … Started his second game in the USA’s final match of the year, a 1- 1 draw against Scotland … 2004: Earned his first cap in a qualifier in 2004, coming in as a sub for Steve Ralston in the 77th minute of a 1-1 draw against Jamaica on Nov. 17 at Columbus Crew Stadium … Under-23s: Named to Peter Nowak’s U-23 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying team … He made one appearance during the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, jetting in from London to feature for 90 minutes in the 3-0 win against Canada in the semifinals … Under-20s: Due to club commitments with Manchester United, he did not participate in many U-20 camps … His only time with the U-20s before the World Youth Championship came during a camp in Bradenton, Fla., in January 2004, where he played in two matches against MLS squads … Started the opening match of the 2005 WYC in Holland against Argentina, getting injured in the first half and having to be subbed out … Did not play again until the Round of 16 match loss against Italy … Under-17s: Began his stint with the team as a forward when he joined the full-time residency in the Spring of 2002 but moved to defender during the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland … Recorded 19 international appearances during his time in residency, including 11 starts … Started all four matches for the U.S. in the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Finland … Previously spent time with the U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team in 2001 … First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2004, vs. Jamaica … First Goal: None.
2012: Already has amassed 50 league appearances for Birmingham since ariving in 2011 ... got 20 league matchups under his belt before the new year, including 17 as a starter ... Scored against Coventry City in the second round of the Capitol One Cup on Aug. 28 ... 2011-12: Joined Birmingham City on a two-year contract after five years at West Ham … Finished his first season with 31 games in the Championship and eight in the Europa League, all of them starts ... Played in both legs of teh promotion playoff semifinal against Blackpool … Earned an assist in the 2-2 tie against Blackpool in the Championship on Nov. 26 … Made his debut with Birmingham City on Aug. 18 in the Europa League, playing the full 90 minutes and helping his side to a clean sheet … 2010-11: After being used sparingly in the first three months of the season, Spector turned a surprise start in midfield against Manchester United in the Carling Cup into a career-recharging performance … Scored two goals, including the game-winner, in leading West Ham to a 4-0 victory on Nov. 30 … That effort earned him starts in the next three matches, deploying both centrally in the midfield and out wide … 2009-10: Completed the second half of the season with appearances in 17 of 18 matches, including 15 starts … Appeared in 27 of 38 league matches in the campaign … Featured in various positions in defense for West Ham as the club struggled to cope with a growing injury list … Lined up at left back throughout the first half of the season … 2008-09: Spent the majority of the first half of West Ham’s season recovering from the injury he sustained in the summer of 2008 … Made his first appearance under new West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola when he came on as a second half sub during a 2-1 victory against Stoke City on Dec. 28 … Appeared in nine games and tallied one assist for the London club as it climbed to a tenth place finish in the Premier League … 2007-08: Finished the season having made 26 appearances for the Hammers, a career high … 2006-07: Sold to West Ham United for a deal initially worth £500,000 … At Upton Park, he was reunited with former manager Alan Curbishley … He endured a tough first season with West Ham United, making 27 total appearances as the team struggled immensely and only avoided relegation on the last day of the season … In that game against his former club Manchester United, Spector came off the bench to put in a solid defensive performance as West Ham went on to win and escape the drop … 2005-06: Loaned to Charlton Athletic for the 2005-06 campaign … Started his stint with Charlton in the training room with an injured hamstring … Appeared in eight league matches before the end of the year, getting his first start on Oct. 22 against Portsmouth … Finished the season by making 20 appearances in total for the club … 2004-05: Earned his first start for United in a non-friendly, starting at left back against Dinamo Bucharest in a 2004 Champions League match … 2003-04: Played with the reserves before getting his initial appearance with the first team in front of his hometown crowd in Chicago when Man Utd. played Bayern Munich in a friendly during a summer tour of the U.S. … Also played in United’s other matches during the tour against Celtic and AC Milan … Was named Man of the Match against Everton in just his second EPL appearance with Manchester United.
High School – Played two years of soccer at St. Viator High School, scoring 18 goals to go with five assists in 20 games as a sophomore … Helped the team to a fourth-place finish in Illinois Class A … As a freshman, he scored five goals and had three assists in 24 games … St. Viator lost 3-1 in the state
final.

Personal –
Lists his parents (Art and Rose) as his two biggest role models … Won the Kellogg’s Bowl and the Nike Cup Nationals with U.S. Soccer Development Academy club Sockers FC … Old Trafford in Manchester is his favorite stadium … Played trumpet in high school.
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