• Monday Mar 03, 2014

    Spector added to U.S. roster for Ukraine friendly

    Jonathan Spector (left) could possibly make his 35th appearance for the United States in a friendly against Ukraine on March 5, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

    CHICAGO -- Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector was called on Sunday into the United States’ training camp in advance of its friendly against Ukraine on March 5 in Larnaca, Cyprus.

    The move comes a day after an announcement that Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud and Tim Ream had been withdrawn from the roster.

    Bradley will stay behind to receive treatment for a minor issue in order to be ready for the start of the Major League Soccer season. Diskerud is returning to full fitness following a right hip injury suffered 10 days ago, while Ream was excused for personal reasons.

    The team will train Monday in Frankfurt, Germany, before departing the following day.

    Spector, who can play a variety of positions on the back line, has not appeared in a full international since the U.S. defeated host Italy 1-0 on February 29, 2012, in Genoa.

     

    UNITED STATES ROSTER

    (International friendly: March 5, 2014, v Ukraine at Larnaca, Cyprus)

    GOALKEEPERSCody Cropper (Southampton/England), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England), Tim Howard (Everton/England)

    DEFENDERS:  John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt/Germany), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday/England), Will Packwood (Birmingham City/England), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City/England)

    MIDFIELDERS:  Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/Turkey), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht/Belgium), Brek Shea (Barnsley/England), Danny Williams (Reading/England)

    FORWARDS:  Juan Agudelo (Utrecht/Netherlands), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/England), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/Austria), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/Germany), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands) 

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