Sounders midfielder/defender Brad Evans scored in stoppage time Friday, giving the U.S. national team a 2-1 win in its World Cup qualifying match at Jamaica.
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Here's some of what Evans told beIN Sports afterward:On the goal: “They were dire moments and we sent everybody forward. There was a short corner and Michael [Bradley] found me and I turned and just got the shot off as fast as I could. I think it may have taken a deflection in but I’ll take it.”
On the traveling support and moving forward: “It’s incredible. These guys travel everywhere. It’s pretty unbelievable. There’s still work to be done. I think we can do better at certain moments. I think everyone will tell you that from the top down. So there’s still work to be done but three points on the road in a place where we haven’t won in pretty special.”
On the difference between the two halves: “Not much. I think it was winning those second balls and really keeping possession. They played on Tuesday night so maybe their legs were a little bit tired in the second half. We thought as long as we keep possession and play forward and bring the ball up a little bit, we could get them tired and we could catch them on a break. It was a set piece that found us a goal and that never-say-die attitude is what got it done.”
Evans and the rest of his USA national teammates are expected to arrive in Seattle on Saturday afternoon, and Evans said he hoped to attend the Sounders-Whitecaps match, and round up some teammates to watch with him.“I’m going to spread the word and see what guys want to go,” he said by conference call this week. “I’m sure you’ll see hopefully at least a handful of players; and hopefully we’ll have a monster crowd that night, too, which would be really cool.”
It could be reasonably expected that Evans' heroics in Jamaica will make it a little easier for him gather a crowd in Seattle. His national profile already was soaring last week from his performance in the US friendly against Germany, so it's certain to go through the roof now.
But when asked last week, he said he doesn't pay much attention to that kind of thing.
"I don’t really read into media hype and paying attention into too much that’s going on in the media," he said. "Obviously I keep up with MLSsoccer and like to reach out with my Twitter and everything like that. I don’t read in too much into the hype. I’ve always been your next game is the one that you’re remembered by. It’s obviously great to have confidence and know that you can play in that position, but there’s still a lot to learn and still a lot of work to be done. The things that I remember from the game are a missed pass pass to Jermaine (Jones) in the first half, maybe not following my guy on a one-two in the first half, and then maybe a letdown on defensive pressure on my part in the second half. So I still want to learn the position and look over tape and see what I can do better. That’s the kind I’ve always been, so no reason to step away from that."