Specs almost there

Jonathan Spector could become the latest Hammer to take a giant step towards the 2010 FIFA World Cup next week when the United States return to action.

After Robert Green, Matthew Upson and Carlton Cole played their part in England earning a place at the finals in South Africa, Spector will be looking to make sure the US qualify. He has been called up for the matches away to Honduras on Saturday 10 October and at home to Costa Rica in Washington DC four days later.


Victory in either match would be enough to progress as the US are top of the CONCACAF standings. They are one point ahead of Guille Franco's Mexico and a further three and four points ahead of Honduras and Costa Rica respectively. The top three qualify automatically with the fourth going into a play-off against a South American nation.

Spector, who at 23 has already amassed 20 caps, appears to have established himself as Bob Bradley's regular right-back, after helping the team to the FIFA Confederations Cup final back in the summer. He played in both qualifying wins last month against El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago.