March 2, 2014
Defender to join U.S. team ahead of Ukraine match
CHICAGO - 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 U.S. roster now includes 22 players, who will train Monday in Frankfurt, Germany, before departing the following day.
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. Midfielders Michael Bradley and Mix Diskerud and defender Tim Ream were dropped from the roster on Saturday. Bradley and Diskerud for injuries and Ream for personal reasons.
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)