Spector to Hibernian

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  1. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Spector went 90 in midfield as Birmingham City gave up a 2 goal lead to draw at Nottingham Forest 2-2.
     
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  2. autobus39

    autobus39 Member+

    Jun 28, 2006
    Scranton, PA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yesterday Spector started in midfield, but was dropped to left back due to an injury 25 minutes into the game. Birmingham City were thumped at home 5-0 by Barnsley.

    Spector's only mention in the Birmingham Mail match report:

     
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  3. autobus39

    autobus39 Member+

    Jun 28, 2006
    Scranton, PA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    After missing three games with an ankle injury, Spector returned to the lineup going 59 minutes in midfield in a 3-1 road loss to Bolton Wanderers. Birmingham City were down 2-1 when he came off. Spector has played 20 games in the Championship this season making 17 starts. He has one assist and has picked four yellow cards two of which were in the same game. He also made one start in the League Cup during which he netted a goal.

    Birmingham City are currently in 20th and are 7 points clear of the relegation zone though the best placed team in the drop zone have a game in hand. They have a road match up against Leeds United in the third round of the FA Cup.
     
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  4. autobus39

    autobus39 Member+

    Jun 28, 2006
    Scranton, PA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  5. autobus39

    autobus39 Member+

    Jun 28, 2006
    Scranton, PA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Spector got over the bank injury and played the second half against Huddersfield Town on the 12th in a 1-1 road draw.

    He has since missed the loss to Leeds in a FA Cup replay and today's match with a hamstring injury.
     
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  6. Testudo

    Testudo Member+

    Jan 29, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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    "Jonathan Spector made a strong return to the Birmingham City lineup in a 0-0 draw with guests Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.
    The US international could have had the winning assist on 76 minutes, only to watch Brums target man Nikola Zigic nod his right wing cross agonizingly wide of frame. Despite posting their first shutout in 17 Championship games, Birmingham remain docked in 17th place."
    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/artic...n-exports-spector-makes-return-holden-dresses
     
  7. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Kinda forgot all about him. Though his 10 years of playing in ENGLAND is coming up real soon.
     
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  8. TheBoleynInheritance

    Feb 24, 2013
    Amsterdam
    Club:
    West Ham United FC
    Spector is a terrible defender but we played him in midfield towards the end of his career with us (whu) and he scored 2 goals for us and was immense! I hope he plays in midfield for them.
     
  9. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    a fact completely discarded by many in the USMNT fanbase. Those of us who saw and watched the games knew he could offer us something there.
     
  10. beamish

    beamish Member+

    Jul 6, 2009
    He's been playing CM since September. He was mostly playing RB before that.
     
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  11. TheBoleynInheritance

    Feb 24, 2013
    Amsterdam
    Club:
    West Ham United FC
    From what I can remember he was a midfielder before coming to us and some idiot in our management thought he would be better served in defence when clearly he isn't a defender. But what was great about him was that he didn't moan he just got on with it and I love that about players like him, you are a pro so just get on with it and don't moan.
     
  12. SCBozeman

    SCBozeman Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    St. Louis
    I do not believe you are correct. If memory serves, he played at defense for both MUFC and Charlton under Curbishley, who brought him to West Ham. The usual knock was, like a few other Americans, he wasn't quick and skilled enough to play outside back and wasn't strong enough to play in the middle as a center half (center back). Reminiscent of the current Tim Ream debate.
     
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  13. dwsmith1972

    dwsmith1972 BigSoccer Supporter

    May 11, 2007
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think this is pretty on. He was a forward in the US when first spotted by MUFC scouts who envisioned him as a defender. I would add, though, that he was a decent defender prior to certain injuries which really seemed to have an impact on his quickness/hips and ability to maneuver. I recall a certain MUFC v. WHU game when he had to contend with both a young CR7 and younger but still old Giggs and acquitted himself quite well in that game. As a right back he is good with the ball at his feet and delivers a very nice cross [see Confed Cup] but vulnerable to speed/quickness direction changes [see Pirlo pirouette in Confed Cup]
     
  14. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He was a forward but was switched to a defender in a game watched by MUFC scouts. They were so impressed they brought him in as a defender to MU.

    Then there was the aforementioned hip injury.
     
  15. Gamecock14

    Gamecock14 Member+

    May 27, 2010
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    I think the hip injury probably made it more difficult for him to be an outside back, but he has been an excellent midfielder.
     
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  16. SJTillIDie

    SJTillIDie Member+

    Aug 23, 2009
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  17. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    I remember that game. All of the forum were alive with joy. Shame he didn't get the hat trick.
     
  18. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    How good was he before the injuries? Back when he was with Man U/Charlton/early WH days?
     
  19. notredamefan83

    Nov 13, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Believe it or not Spector and Pique were the starting CBs for Man Us reserve team iirc
     
  20. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Best game I never saw
     
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  21. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    I thought he was very impressive in that 2005 U-20 (with Wynne, Kljestan, Adu, Gaven, Bartlett, Freeman, Dalby, Wstberg under Sigi). It was rather surprising that he was incapable of being at least athletically adequate at the next level.

    That said, he was pretty good in midfield for the Hammers but haven't been much of a chance there since.
     
  22. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    he did to everyone but the linesman. He was a good yard onsides on another goal that was not counted.
     
  23. schrutebuck

    schrutebuck Member+

    Jul 26, 2007
    Spector played 90 minutes as a central midfielder in a 3-1 win over Derby today.

    Birmingham are solidly midtable, and a couple more points should ensure that they are back in the Championship for 2013-14.
     
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  24. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    And it was Spector, not Pique, who won the Jimmy Ryan Award.
     
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  25. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Sounds incredibly hard to believe. Wow
     

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