Spector eyes Gold Cup bow

Jonathan Spector will hope to make his 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup debut when the United States take on Panama on Saturday evening.

The Americans opened their challenge for a fifth Gold Cup title on Tuesday, when neighbours Canada were defeated 2-0 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

However, West Ham United man Spector was not a part of the 18-man matchday squad, and the 25-year-old will be eager to get onto the pitch against the Panamanians.

Like the US, their opponents also began the tournament with a victory, overcoming Guadeloupe 3-2 at Ford Field.

Saturday's clash is expected to draw a large crowd to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida - the home of NFL American Football side Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Should either side win, they will advance to the quarter-finals of the 12-nation competition.