Specs helps US qualify

Jonathan Spector is in line to play at the 2010 FIFA World Cup after another 90 minutes at right-back for the United States helped them to qualify for South Africa.

The 23-year-old defender won his 21st cap in a thrilling 3-2 win away to Honduras that confirmed qualification from the CONCACACF zone for next summer's finals. After a goalless first half, the US came from behind through two Conor Casey goals to take a 2-1 lead. Landon Donovan's free-kick increased the advantage before Honduras pulled one back and then missed a penalty in a nervy finale.

Spector has become a mainstay for the US defence at right-back, playing every minute of all five matches in that position as they reached the FIFA Confederations Cup final in the summer and then both World Cup wins against El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago last month. He will hope to feature again when the US welcome Costa Rica to Washington DC on Wednesday night.