KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Jonathan Spector has ended his long career in England and is heading back to the United States as he has officially signed with Orlando City in Major League Soccer.
The 30-year-old defender will move to Florida from English Championship team Birmingham City after nearly six years there and 15 years overall in England.
There were no details on the length of Spector's contract, but apparently, he will make about $575,000 in the first season and $600,000 in the second.
The Illinois-native started his career in England with Manchester United when he signed for them in 2003. However, he would playing time hard to come by and was sent out on loan to Charlton Athletic. In June 2006, he would leave Old Trafford to sign for West Ham United. He would spend six seasons with the team and prove to be an asset for the Hammers as he had the ability to play anywhere in the back four.
In August 2011, Spector would sign a two-year contract with Birmingham City, where he would again show his reliability to the team as they pursued promotion to the Premier League.
Despite being a regular in Birmingham's starting eleven, the defender was allowed to leave by head coach Gianfranco Zola and both sides canceled the remaining six months of his contract.
The move to Orlando could possibly help Spector make a return to the US national team picture as he has been capped 36 times by the team. However, he has not featured for them since October 2015.