Jonathan Spector

Philadelphia Union

News roundup: previewing Orlando, rumor mongering, and World Cup expansion

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Here's the last roundup of the week.

Contracting Larin-gitis: Orlando City 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Despite being overmatched and outplayed on the road, the Philadelphia Union nearly stole a road point from Orlando City.

This is not what the Philadelphia Union had hoped for when they made the trip to Orlando this weekend. Their first win of the season would have been euphoric, and a road draw against an as yet undefeated team would have been satisfying.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Orlando City SC-THURSDAY

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We take a look at the upcoming Philadelphia-Orlando match. Here is a few things to watch when the teams take the field in central Florida.

Barcelona routs Alaves, Premier League recap: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/12/17

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Results from Saturday and more moves in the MLS.

Philadelphia Union News

With five injuries in eight months, how concerning is Josh Yaro's long-term health?
Let's hope that Oguchi Onyewu is fit and healthy by March 5th, because he's going to be starting in the Union's season opener.

Strength of schedule and other Union bits, SoB election update, league news, more

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Union news and more.

Union preseason dates announced, three more drafted, Real signs with Steel, more

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Union announce three preseason games, select three in final rounds of draft. Union Academy product Matthew Real signs with Bethlehem. League news. More.

Union bits and more news

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Newsy news bits and more news.

Union top Impact on PKs, BC on new mids, Chipotle, MLS & USMNT news, more

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The Union defeated Montreal on Saturday in their final preseason game. More Union news. Final preseason games results. USMNT news. Much more.

Orlando City

From three points to zero: late collapse dooms Timbers in Orlando

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Just when it looked like the Portland Timbers would finish their season-opening five match road trip on a high note, a disastrous and furious three goal barrage from Orlando City left Portland shellshocked with a 3-2 loss.

The result snaps Portland's unbeaten streak and leaves the team winless as they return home to host Minnesota United at Providence Park next week.

Will Bruin opens the scoring against Orlando

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A great pass by Lodeiro and an even better finish by Bruin

Wednesday's match between the Seattle Sounders and Orlando City was pretty even in the opening 20 minutes, but it was the home side that struck first at CenturyLink Field. Nicolas Lodeiro put in a killer ball from left midfield, and Will Bruin took advantage of a defensive slip by Jonathan Spector to grab the ball and fire it past Joe Bendik to make it 1-0 to Seattle in the 18th minute.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 6 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 6 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Changed Calculus For Orlando

Orlando City was plenty entertaining during their first two years in MLS, but their inability to do two things – play defense and win home games – meant that they were never a legitimate contender.

Union open training camp, Jonathan Spector signs with Orlando City: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/25/17

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Hump Day Links.

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union open training camp
Faf Picault and Adam Najem in camp as trialists; Oguchi Onyewu with team for "training stint."

MLS News

Giovinco to ‘talk to Toronto' about Chinese Super League offer
The Italian's agent has suggested some money is on the table from the Far East.

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Alvarado, Villafana, Yedlin and more

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Ventura Alvarado took the field against his old club for the first time on Wednesday night, but the centerback wasn't fortunate enough to emerged with a win in Copa MX action.

Alvarado and Santos Laguna fell, 3-2, to Club America on Wednesday night in their cup clash. Also taking the field for Santos Laguna was Jorge Villafana, who joined Alvarado in logging a 90 minute shift in Wednesday's match.

Birmingham manager Zola says Spector could move to MLS

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Jonathan Spector has played in England for the entirety of his professional career, suiting up for Manchester United, Charlton Athletic, West Ham and, ultimately, Birmingham City. However, it appears his time in England may be coming towards its end as an offer from MLS has come in.

Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola says Spector has received offers that could see him return to the U.

Spec Check - Part Deux

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Though he had some tempting interest from MLS, Jonathan Spector has agreed to a fresh two-year deal with Birmingham. Full MLSS report should be up shortly.- Greg Seltzer

Spec Check

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I can share with you that Jonathan Spector, who has never played in MLS, has some interest in the States. However, Birmingham City are eager to re-sign him (with him in their plans as a center back, mind you) and could get it done soon. A full MLSS report will go up shortly.- Greg Seltzer

In-Spect This

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As it the early phase of a new World Cup cycle and we have all been going on about player position assignments, you may wish to consider this interesting look at Jonathan Spector the sudden CB that I came across last night. Not only does it add to the USMNT debate a little, but it seems the UK media is starting to become very interested in stats.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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If this week was a sign of things to come, Will Packwood likely won't be complaining.

After struggling to make match-day rosters on a consistent basis in the opening months of the Championship campaign, Packwood made his season debut for Birmingham City on Tuesday by coming off the bench in a 3-1 win over Millwall.

Jonathan Spector out for Birmingham City with thigh injury

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Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector injured his thigh against Fulham and will miss time with the Championship club. Read More

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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The U.S. Open Cup was not the only tournamentthat saw Americans in action this week.

Several competitions abroad either resumed or began over the last couple of days, and a handful ofplayers from the Americans Abroad contingent saw the field as a result.

Tim Ream and Jonathan Spector see action in the Championship

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Tim Ream and Bolton beat Doncaster while Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City lost to Middlesbrough in England's Championship. Read More

Spector added to USMNT roster for Ukraine friendly

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It turns out Jurgen Klinsmann has added a player to his squad after all.

After Tim Ream, Mix Diskerud, and Michael Bradley withdrew from the U.S. Men's National Team squad ahead of their friendly match against Ukraine, Klinsmann announced that Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector has been added to the roster.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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A couple weeks after several players in the Americans Abroad contingent were bitten by the injury bug, a handful of others made their way back to the field.

One of those players was Jonathan Spector, who recovered from a pesky thigh injury that has kept him out of action for Birmingham City since early October.

Birmingham City, Fulham, and Sheffield Wednesday advance in FA Cup

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Though no Americans were on the field, the FA Cup Third Round results were good for US National Team players. Read More

Report: Injury setback leaves Spector sidelined through late January

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Jonathan Spector's hope for a return to full fitness has been put on hold for at least two more months.

The Birmingham City defender suffered a setback in training this week as he was rehabbing his oft-injured thigh and is likely to be out until late January, according to a report in the Birmingham Mail.

"Goodie" Disposal Unit

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We here at the G-DU expect to be busy this summer. Our first fish-wrap conviction is for the Star's claim that promoted Cardiff wants Birmingham handyman Jonathan Spector. The Welsh club was interested in him a couple years back, but there has been no contact this time.Instead, I'm told there's a decent chance Spector will be back with the Brums, who hold a club option on the soon-to-be out of

Birmingham City

Birmingham City Updates Spector’s Status

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US National Team player and Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector is out for up to three months with an injury. Read More

Champions League Win for Schalke, Championship Roundup

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Schalke picked up another win in the group stage of the Champions League and Birmingham City had no issues in the Championship. Read More

National Teamers Abroad: Champions League and League Cup

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Schalke are in the group stage of the Champions League and a bizarre League Cup game for Jonathan Spector's City. Read More

Upside: Stuck in the chandelier

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The soccer news for Aug 14, 2013 with international friendlies on the schedule and words from Jonathan Spector. Read More

Tell Me About: National Teamers in the 2013-14 Championship

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Our guide to the United States National Team players spending the 2013-14 season in England's Championship. Read More

Spector Staying With City

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United States National Team player Jonathan Spector will stay with Birmingham City, signing a new contract with the club. Read More

Recap: Midweek English action

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Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City beat Bolton in midweek Championship action, while Frank Simek and Carlisle United drew with Crewe Alexandria down in League One.

Preview: Midweek English action

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Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City hope to rebound after a frustrating weekend against Tim Ream's Bolton, while Frank Simek and Carlisle United look to climb the standings with a win against Crewe Alexandria.

Tim Howard

Klinsmann Drops Bocanegra For Crucial World Cup Qualifiers

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More defensive worries for U.S.A. fans heading into the World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico as Jurgen Klinsmann has dropped U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra from the squad, while Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams will miss the matches because of injuries and illness.

Besides Bocanegra there are eight players not in the squad that you would expect to see: Edgar Castillo (facial fractures), Chandler (hamstring), Steve Cherundolo (knee surgery), Tim Howard (broken bones in back), Johnson (hip), Jonathan Spector (ankle), Jose Torres (hamstring) and Williams (stomach virus).

Klinsi calls his group

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As it turns out, Fabian Johnson does not pass fit in time, Jonathan Spector gets injured on the weekend and there's no Michael Parkhurst. Meanwhile, Cpt. 'Los and Gooch have been a-bench-sittin' lately, while Tim Howard remains sidelines. You may all commence advanced fretting... now.On the other hand, we actually have a couple of proper wingers along this time.

National Teamers Abroad

Birmingham Draws, Bolton Wins in Championship

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With most of European soccer focused on the Champions League, England's Championship was also in action on Tuesday. Read More

Championship: Holden On the Bench for Bolton

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Results from England's Championship, with Bolton's Stuart Holden making the bench for their draw with Derby County. Read More

The Rest


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While DeAndre Yedlin is now officially a Sunderland loan player (say your prayers tonight, beat the rush), I was also caught by another tidbit just released. Jonathan Spector is back in the USMNT frame, folks.... but at what position? This could be interesting.- Greg Seltzer

MNT on TV This Weekend

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As the announcement of the U.S. Men's National Team roster for upcoming critical World Cup qualifiers approaches, the players will be in action all weekend long for their clubs before heading into the international break. Thanks to the ever-increasing presence of outlets, you'll have a great opportunity to see them in action and make your predictions on who has caught the eye of U.