Since his arrival in January 2017, Spector has become a key member of Jason Kreis squad and being one of the main players on the defensive line. Now, with Kaká’s departure, Spector will be the captain and point of the spear of the Lions.
The 31-year-old center-back will uphold the captaincy on a crucial season as he will be the leader of a whole re-built club looking forward to change MLS history by stepping forward and qualify OC for the first time to a playoff stage, hoping it can achieve the ultimate fans’ desire: bring home the MLS Cup.
Accompanied by Sacha Kljestan, Justin Meram and Yoshimar Yotún, Spector will have a big challenge ahead of conducting a particular team full of both young and experienced players in 2018. Footballers such as Josué Colmán, Chris Mueller and Cam Lindley will follow these talented and highly-appreciated veterans to a potentially successful campaign.
In relation to Spector’s performances, he has played 25 MLS matches scoring one goal and receiving 4 yellow cards. He’s known as a cool-headed guy who doesn’t fall on the rival’s game of insulting and aggressive challenges.
On the other hand, Kreis decided to put all his trust on Spector’s shoulders hoping it is the right decision for the Lions interest. “Jonathan, with his experience, with his age, with the position he plays, I think he’s suited to organize the players in front of him” said the head coach to the press in relation to Spector’s capacities as a captain.
Jonathan looked confident after being named captain of Orlando City and made it clear to the press he’s proud about the team’s bonding. “I think it has been pretty impressive how quickly we have come together as group to form a team”.
Talking about his role in the “change of culture” Jason Kreis is doing inside the Lions, Spector assured: “It has just not only been me, it has been the entire group. There is a number of us who talked after the season, during the offseason, about what we want this team to look like day-in and day-out”.
“My role is to continue to lead by example in that sense”, he added.
According to the defender, “work ethic” and “togetherness” are the main qualities of the Lions. “Any team that has that as a foundation, the rest of pieces falls to place” he assured.