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Jonathan Spector

Spector's grandfather is the late National Basketball Association basketball player Art Spector, who was the first player to be signed by the Boston Celtics in 1946 and is known as the "Original Celtic". Jonathan Spector died in June 1987 when Jonathan was 15 months old.

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Jonathan Spector biography


Spector's grandfather is the late National Basketball Association basketball player Art Spector, who was the first player to be signed by the Boston Celtics in 1946 and is known as the "Original Celtic". Jonathan Spector died in June 1987 when Jonathan was 15 months old.

Club career

Manchester United

Spector was discovered by Manchester United F.C. scout Jimmy Ryan (footballer born 1945) while playing for the American Under-17 squad at the Milk Cup in 2003. Originally a striker, Spector was lined up in defense due to injuries for a game Ryan had attended to scout other players. Highly impressed by Spector's natural defensive instincts, Ryan alerted the club.

Spector joined United in summer 2003, However, Ferguson was soon forced to postpone the deal due to an injury crisis in the United defense. The injury crisis continued and Spector was not able to make Jonathan Spector loan move on time due to the transfer window closing on January 31, 2005. Before the start of the 2005-06 in English football, Spector went on a season-long loan to Charlton Athletic F.C. to obtain more first team experience. Jonathan Spector finished the season making sixteen starts and eight substitute appearances.

West Ham United

Spector signed for West Ham United F.C. in a deal initially worth £500,000 in June 2006 thereby ending Jonathan Spector association with Manchester United after eight appearances. Jonathan Spector made Jonathan Spector debut for the club in the first round defeat of the UEFA Cup against U.S. Città di Palermo in Sicily on September 28, 2006 going on to make twenty-eight appearances in all competitions in the 2006–07 season. Spector had initially been brought as backup to the West Ham defense, but Jonathan Spector had an extended run of games due to injury problems and Jonathan Spector ability to play anywhere in the back four with equal ease. On November 11, 2007, it was believed that Spector had scored Jonathan Spector first professional goal, in the 5–0 away win at Derby County F.C.. However, this has since been credited as an own goal by Derby County and fellow American international Eddie Lewis (American soccer).

Spector missed most of the 2008–09 season due to injuries but following the departure of Lucas Neill, Spector played in 27 of a possible 38 games in 2009–10 Premier League. Many of Jonathan Spector appearances that year came at left-back, despite being a right footed player. Following the departure of Zola, new manager Avram Grant began deploying Spector in the midfield. Jonathan Spector scored Jonathan Spector first goals for West Ham and first in English football, scoring twice in a 4–0 home win over former club Manchester United in the Football League Cup on November 30, 2010. Jonathan Spector scored Jonathan Spector first Premier League goal in the 2–2 draw away to Everton later that season. Spector was released by West Ham in June 2011.

Birmingham City

Spector signed a two-year contract with Football League Championship club Birmingham City F.C. in August 2011, four days before the opening of the league season. Jonathan Spector made Jonathan Spector debut playing in central midfield in Birmingham's first match in major European competition for nearly 50 years, the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round first leg against Portuguese club C.D. Nacional, which finished goalless. Three days later, Jonathan Spector played Jonathan Spector first League game in English football at a level below the Premier League, in a 3–1 defeat at Middlesbrough F.C.. ended Jonathan Spector chances of playing at the World Cup.

Spector was a member of the U.S. team that beat Mexico 2–1 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final in Chicago in June 2007. However, during the final, Jonathan Spector had to be substituted by Frankie Simek as Jonathan Spector collided heads with Mexican midfielder Andres Guardado. Immediately after the substitution Benny Feilhaber struck the winning volley.

Following injuries to Steve Cherundolo and Frankie Hejduk, Spector was included in the United States roster for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and took the chance to cement Jonathan Spector place in the national team, starting at right back for the entire tournament. Jonathan Spector assisted Clint Dempsey to score a vital goal against Egypt in the last group stage match as the US scraped through to the semifinals on the basis of goals scored. In the final against Brazil national football team, Spector once again assisted Dempsey in scoring the opening goal with a similar long cross from the right flank.

Having returned from a long injury lay-off, Spector was ever present at right back for the remaining 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - CONCACAF Fourth Round in 2009 although Jonathan Spector has also been partnered with captain Carlos Bocanegra in central defense occasionally due to Oguchi Onyewu's long-term injury. Jonathan Spector was rested for the USA's last qualifying match against Costa Rica on October 14 as qualification had already been secured and was recalled for friendlies in November and March. Coach Bob Bradley included Jonathan Spector in the final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup although Jonathan Spector did not appear in any games. Later in 2010, Spector was a starting right back in friendlies against Brazil and Colombia.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Spector

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