The U.S. men's national team has wrapped up its final training session before beginning its CONCACAF Gold Cup run tomorrow at Qwest Field against Granada.
We got a few words in with coach Bob Bradley today and some of the players, including Brad Evans, who has been called in with the national team for the first time.
A midfielder with the Sounders, Evans is playing right back with the national team. And though he doesn't yet know if he'll start, play, or even be in uniform tomorrow, he said he's enjoying the experience and learning from it.
A few of his remarks:
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Comparing national team play to club team play:
It's a little bit different. It's different to be with all Americans. It's a different feeling, for sure; it's a different attitude a little bit. It's a great feeling.
On playing right back:
I feel pretty comfortable there. I played there a little bit with the under-20s (national team). Having familiarity with different positions is always an advantage. ... It's a lot of looking over your shoulder. As long as you're in line with the last line of defense, there's a big gap between you and the goalkeeper, so it's a little bit looking over your shoulder, it's a little bit that the guys on the outside are all going to have speed. So, for sure a little bit different, a little bit more simple: You can't take as many chances. But the concepts are still pretty much the same.
On wearing the red, white and blue on the Fourth of July:
It's going to be pretty emotional for sure. You've got to try to soak it in; it's all going to go by in the snap of a finger. But soak it in the best you can and try to put out a good performance and get a good result. ... If I get on the field it will be nice. It's great to play in front of the home fans for sure. It would be nice if we could get some support. It's going to be a big advantage for us for sure in that stadium. ... The butterflies are there, but good butterflies."