Mar 2, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT
When it comes to breaking the tenuous hold on a World Cup roster spot, it can take just one strong performance to change the entire tenor of a position.
Enter Jonathan Spector, the Birmingham City defender who has been called into United States camp ahead of their March 5 friendly against Ukraine in Cyprus.
Withdrawals from Tim Ream (birth of a child), Mix Diskerud (hip injury) and Michael Bradley (“small issue”) meant USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann had the opportunity to welcome a new name into the fold if he’d like, and the boss has chosen Spector.
The 6-foot 28-year-old has been capped 34 times in a career that’s watched him play his club soccer at West Ham, Charlton and Manchester United before joining Birmingham in 2011. He made the World Cup roster in 2010, but has made just five appearances since then.
Spector’s addition makes it two Birmingham City defenders in the squad, as Will Packwood had already been invited to camp.
LATEST U.S. ROSTER
DEFENDERS (6): 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)
- Prindi’s Premier League Picks: United to get it right, Arsenal to stumble 1
- Profile: The life and times of Mario Balotelli 0
- WATCH: Premier League TV schedule – Week 2 0
- Americans Abroad Preview: Guzan, Howard face tests; Bundesliga opens 0
- Balotelli flies to Liverpool for medical, but won’t play against Man City 10
- PST’s Major League Soccer Power Rankings – The Benefit of Mid-Week Edition 0