Klinsmann adds Jonathan Spector to USMNT roster for Peru, Brazil games
With a defense short on fullback options, U.S. men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann added one more prior to Friday's friendly, the Americans' first match since the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Klinsmann called up Jonathan Spector, Birmingham City's versatile defender, for September friendlies against Peru and Brazil. The call-up is Spector's first since March 2014, and he has not played for the national team since February 2012, when the U.S. beat Italy 1-0 in a friendly in Genoa.
Spector has played in all four of Birmingham's matches this season, and he brings the roster to 24 players for the match against Peru. Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Sean Johnson will join the USA ahead of next Tuesday's game against Brazil.
Spector can play anywhere across the back line and joins Greg Garza and DeAndre Yedlin as true wide options on the back line. Geoff Cameron, Michael Orozco and Tim Ream are other alternatives for Klinsmann as full backs. Usual options Fabian Johnson, Timmy Chandler and DaMarcus Beasley are all unavailable for the two games with respective injuries.
The 29-year-old Spector, a member of the USA's 2010 World Cup team, signed a two-year deal with Birmingham this past May. He has been with the club since 2011 after leaving West Ham.