Specs falls short in Spain loss

Jonathan Spector played a full 90 minutes as the United State were humbled by a strong Spain side in Massachusetts on Saturday night.

The Hammers defender played the first half at right-back as the world champions roared into a three-goal lead thanks to Santi Cazorla's double either side of a Alvaro Negredo goal. Fernando Torres added the fourth in the second half, with Spector now pushed forward into a preferred wide midfield role.

Spector could do little to stop the Spanish surge, with all four goals coming through the centre of a youthful and inexperienced US team. Bob Bradley had rested several of his star names with the Americans set to begin their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign on home soil next week. At the final whistle, Spector swapped shirts with friend and former Manchester United team-mate Gerard Pique, one of Spain's big-names on view from Barcelona's all-conquering squad.

Meanwhile, Lars Jacobsen played the whole match as Denmark won 2-0 in Iceland to keep their UEFA EURO 2012 campaign on track. The Danes are in a three-way tie at the top of Group H with Norway and Portugal for a place in next summer's finals in Ukraine and Poland.