Brad Evans has gone from a guy Sounders fans hated seeing on the pitch, to a guy creating goals at a torrid pace. Dare I say we will actually miss Evans while he’s gone?
Brad Evans getting called into a US Mens National Team camp is nothing new — in fact he’s been called up as recently as January and has seven caps to his name. What makes the news of today’s call from US coach Jurgen Klinsmann different is the fact that Evans has never been on the squad during World Cup qualifications.
The move to bring in Evans makes sense, he’s having possibly his best year as a professional and doing so while being moved around the pitch on a weekly basis for the Seattle Sounders. Evans’ versatility allows him to play every midfield position along with both left and right back positions — areas where the USMNT is currently lacking much depth.
Evans will leave the Rave Green for the stars and stripes following Sunday’s match at LA Galaxy. He’ll join forward Eddie Johnson in the US camp, leaving Sounders manager Sigi Schmid with a few holes to fill for the time EJ and Evans are gone. The two players could be away from the club as long as June 18, the final qualifier in this camp against Honduras in Salt Lake City.
During the nearly month-long camp, the US will play three friendlies and two qualifiers, one of which will take place June 11 in Seattle against Panama (tickets still available). This long run of matches in a short period of time means that Evans will not only get to train with the best players our country has to offer, but probably see some time on the pitch in a friendly or two.
The bad news for the Sounders though is that Evans and EJ probably won’t be the only two players missing for camps in the next few weeks. Honduran Mario Martinez will likely get called-up for his country, leaving less depth in the midfield for Schmid. The Sounders play two MLS matches in that time and possibly two US Open Cup matches. One of the MLS matches is the June 8 Cascadia Cup opener against Vancouver in Seattle.
Also playing a factor will be how Osvaldo Alonso recovers from the groin injury suffered in the Sounders 4-2 win Saturday against Dallas. It’s possible Alonso will be out a few weeks — the same length the internationals are also gone.