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Evans explains decision to return to action quickly

How did it feel to be back out: Great. Put things in the past, and fortunately we could get a result on the road. I think the guys battled hard. Maybe if we eliminate one or two mistakes we might come out of here with three points, but happy with the boys with 1-1.On his choice to return today: I think initially your feeling are put this in the past and I want to run around for 90 minutes and get after it. Maybe sometimes that’s not the smartest thing, so we took the start approach. I told him I felt good and was ready to go. I was into the game. I felt good out there. It’s almost as if I just went away for conditioning camp for a week and then I feel strong, I feel healthy, I feel fit. Overall we spoke about it last night and this morning, and there was never a worry about it.His thoughts on Jurgen Klinsmann's decision: I had a long delay in the airport on my way back to Seattle: a long time to think. I got a lot of support from people high up and my peers around me. So for me obviously it’s a tough decision to swallow. I put a lot of effort into that team. I bled for that team. That’s what I do for any team that I’m on. So it’s a hard pill to swallow. But at the end of the day it’s a decision that can’t be revoked, and now it’s time to move to Sounders. And with the support that I’ve gotten from the fans and the team, right now there’s no other team I want to be with.

On if Klinsmann offered explanation: Nope. He just said ‘I’ve got to make a roster decision today, and you’re not going to be part of it.’ That’s where we left it. I said goodbye to the players, and that’s it.

On his lighthearted first reaction on Twitter: It was all in good fun. I was sitting in the airport with a long delay and it popped into my head. It’s not a sob story: Nobody passed away. It’s part of the game. It is what it is. 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.

On if his time at center back with national team helped him there today: It was fun. I got a good 15 minutes back there. I got a week pretty much consistently back there. Maybe that helped out.

On his attitude of never assuming he was bound for Brazil: Whenever I was called in, I was starting with that team. Maybe that hurts a little bit. But like I said before, nothing’s done until it’s done. That’s the attitude that I took, and maybe that helped me with being able to move forward and hold my head high and look back over the past year. Everything that happened was kind of last-minute with it. It was a fun ride. It’s over now, but like I said now I continue with the Sounders. We’re at 26 points and we’re sitting all right. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but my focus now is the Sounders. But I wasn't going to be comfortable until I was there. And then once I was on the plane I wasn't going to be comfortable until I was on the starting 11. And then I wasn't going to be comfortable until I started the next game. You know what I mean? The way that Sigi has always said it is that you are remembered by your last performance, and that's kind of the approach that I took.

On if wish had been kept through the coming friendlies: I would have liked to have proved myself in that position, and then proved continuously that I could still play that position. For whatever I wasn't looked at at that position and thought that I couldn't perform there. Maybe now, looking back: Get it over with, maybe not even call me into camp at all. It probably would have been a better decision to stay with the team and get some games here. So not to say it wasn't a great time with the boys, and it's cool to be around that environment, but it was only eight days. It wasn't like I was gone for a month. Yeah, I guess pull the bandaid off quickly. ... I'm at peace with the decision, so I'm not going to dwell on it at all.

Believe if Jurgen had good sense of his 23 before camp: I don't know. Part of me says yes, part of me says no. I don't know. It's something I hadn't even that about. If you start to think about that (stuff) it's going to drive you nuts.

Anything awkward with Yedlin having made the team at his spot: No. I'm 29 years old. I'm not going to get upset because my teammate is in that position, is filling in. I've got nothing but hopes for him to get in the game. If he does then I know that he's going to perform well. I'm happy for everybody that's there. It's a great group of guys, No. 1. If I was upset I'd be upset, but reality is that I'm not. I'm happy for those guys. The team's got a great future.