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Did Jonathan Spector just lose his spot to Steve Cherundolo?

JONATHAN SPECTOR Age: 24 Position: Defender Club team:


Age: 24
Position: Defender
Club team: West Ham United - English Premier League (England)
Caps / Goals: 25 / 0
World Cup minutes: 0
His story: Spector lost his right back job to Steve Cherundolo in the month before the start of the World Cup and never saw the field in South Africa. Had the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals, Spector may have seen some time because Cherundolo picked up his second yellow card against Ghana and would have had to sit out the next game.
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(June 2, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

One of the prevailing themes that came out of today's friendly in Philly -- in the first half, at least --  was the way Turkey picked apart the United States' defense on the right side.

Jonathan Spector pushed forward on more than one occasion (one of his strengths), but the defense did not regroup to defend against Turkey's furious counterattack. Spector being out of position because he pushed forward isn't his fault. But, at other times when he was back there, he was getting beat and making some suspect decisions.

Once a shoo-in for the right back position, Spector now finds himself in a more serious position battle with veteran Steve Cherundolo, who owned the spot four years ago in Germany. At this point, it seems Spector should is backing him up, rather than the other way around.

Cherundolo's game has been solid in the 90 minutes he played against the Czech Republic and the 45 today against Turkey. He knows when to push the envelope on the attack and is a sure tackler in his own end. Although Spector is a Premiership-level defender, he's not playing like one right now. 

If there's one thing head coach Bob Bradley has insinuated -- with the selection of his unproven forwards -- is that he's going with the guys that are in form. Spector's starting spot is now Cherundolo's. Time will tell if it stays that way.

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