VANCOUVER, B.C. — Brad Evans returned to action with Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, just two days after learning that he hadn’t made the United States national team’s World Cup roster.
Coach Sigi Schmid said he consulted Evans about his readiness to return. And after that conversation, Schmid had some concerns about Evans’ legs, but none about his emotions.
“I think initially your feelings are put this in the past and I want to run around for 90 minutes and get after it,” Evans said. “Maybe sometimes that’s not the smartest thing, so we took the smart approach. I told him I felt good and was ready to go.”
Evans was on the bench at the start of the Sounders’ 2-2 draw at Vancouver. But he came on in the 56th minute, when central defender Djimi Traore suffered a hamstring injury.
In that way, Evans’ time at the USA national camp had been useful because he had trained in the central defense over the last week.
“I thought Brad did all right,” Schmid said. “We needed him. We brought him in the middle of the back, and then when we were down 2-1, I felt Brad could give us a little more offense, so I moved him over to right back and moved Jalil (Anibaba) into the middle.”
Evans said he received no explanation from USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann about why he wasn’t part of the 23-man roster that will head to Brazil next month. He admitted it was “a tough decision to swallow.”
However, Evans stressed that he is happy for Seattle teammates Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin, and everyone else who made the USA’s final roster.
He also said he used a long airport layover to think about his situation, and he decided it wasn’t so bad.
“It’s not a sob story,” Evans said. “Nobody passed away. It’s part of the game. My career’s not over, I’m not leaving the game. I just signed a new three-year contract. I’ve got nothing else but to be proud of what I accomplished and what we continue to do here in Seattle.”
More from the Evans interview is available at blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer.
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