Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was asked a bit today about the U.S. national team, Sounders call ins Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin, and Brad Evans who wasn't retained on Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man World Cup roster.
On the national team's Tuesday friendly: For the U.S., I’m sure they were happy to play a different opponent. I know they played a couple of scrimmages, but I’m sure they were happy to get out there. It was good for them to test their fitness, because I know that’s what they’re working on right now. I think it’s also great for DeAndre to get another cap and get out on the field and so forth. Every time he steps on the field in that kind of environment with that group, it just adds to his experience level and will make him a better player each day.
On Dempsey being a late scratch: It was just something that was tight. We texted each other after the game and he said he was fine. It was just something that was tight from the 13 days of training. So they just as a precaution, they felt maybe it was the smarter thing not to push him in that game. I think if that would have been a World Cup game he would have probably played.
On Evans' return to the club: I think he’s focused on the training. It still takes a little bit of time. Tuesday night was probably the hardest one of all sitting there and watching them play. It just takes time. Any big event like that in one’s life – whatever that may be – it takes time to get through it.
Evans was asked about that.
"It is what it is," he said. "I watch the games and I root as a fan now. Obviously it’s a tough pill to swallow, but things happen and you just move on."
Evans was asked his possible role with the Sounders this weekend, in light of defensive injuries, absences and questions.
"I think as of right now – it could be switched around a little as we see who’s back in the mix and who we go with, who’s sharp and who’s not – but if I find myself at right back I wouldn’t be surprised," he said. "A little bittersweet, but it’s just versatility again sliding back there. Not 100 percent sure, but that’s what it looks like now."
Evans was asked about that "bittersweet" aspect to Yedlin making the USA team at right back, which was Evans' position with the national team.
"Truthfully, I played that position for that team for a whole year, and then he played two games with the national team, and then he’s there right now," he said. "That’s a little bit baffling, but at the same time they saw something in him that they didn’t see in me. That’s a coach’s decision. It’s not just one person making those decisions, it’s a group. How the group comes together, maybe there’s a better fit there. I’ve read tidbits here and there maybe he comes on as a wide winger late in games to play the ball in behind and use his speed. He got good minutes last game Tuesday night and played well. It is what it is. I can’t change anybody’s decision. But first and foremost I’m a fan of the team now. I’m always going to root on my teammates no matter what the decision is."