Brad Evans gets call-up to U.S. national team | Sounders FC
Evans will report to training camp after Sunday's road game against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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TUKWILA — Brad Evans wasn't going to take the call.
The Sounders FC midfielder was busy making lunch Monday when he heard the phone ring. But then he looked to see who was calling.
It was Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. men's national team coach.
The news was good, as Klinsmann extended an invitation to training camp later this month ahead of exhibitions against Belgium and Germany, followed by three World Cup qualifiers in June.
Evans, who has seven international appearances, will join the national team after Seattle's MLS road game Sunday against the Los Angeles Galaxy along with teammate Eddie Johnson, who got the call-up last week.
"You always want that call, especially when it's not expected; it makes it even more surprising and special," said Evans, who could be used as a right back with the U.S. team.
Another call-up means the Sounders' roster might get a bit thin in the next few weeks, especially in midfield. Mario Martinez is expected to play for Honduras in next month's qualifiers. Osvaldo Alonso could miss multiple games with a groin injury suffered early in Saturday's win against FC Dallas.
"With Ozzie out now, and Brad missing at the same time, it doesn't necessarily help," said coach Sigi Schmid, "but it's certainly a good honor for Brad and it's a good honor for our club."
Schmid said the call-up means Evans probably won't play for the U.S. national team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July. And a strong performance could bring the 28-year-old a step closer to the FIFA World Cup next summer in Brazil.
"That's very, very far off in the future, in my view," Evans said.
First Open Cup
match in Florida
Sounders FC has learned its opponent for the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on May 29. Seattle will travel to face the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the second-tier North American Soccer League for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff. The Rowdies beat VSI Tampa Bay of the third-tier USL PRO, 2-1, Tuesday in the second round.
The Sounders, who would've hosted VSI, will have to travel Monday from Los Angeles to Florida and then back to Los Angeles on May 30 for a June 1 MLS game against Chivas USA.
"It's a nightmare," said general manager Adrian Hanauer. "Now we're trying to travel on Memorial Day Monday, and the stipend that U.S. Soccer provides is going to cover about 20 percent of the trip. So that's a little bit frustrating, but we'll grin and bear it, and grit our teeth, and be where we need to be when we need to be there and play a game."
The Sounders FC U-23s lost a second-round Open Cup game, 3-0, Tuesday to the Charlotte Eagles of the USL PRO.
• Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson was voted MLS Player of the Week after his two-goal performance in Saturday's 4-2 win against FC Dallas. Johnson has a team-high four goals in league.
• Academy forward Jordan Morris, 18, was called in by the U.S. under-20 national team for a tournament in Toulon, France, starting May 28. The Mercer Island native was one of the standouts of a training camp a few weeks ago. DeAndre Yedlin, 19, was left off the latest roster because he's earning regular playing time with the Sounders. He is still in line to make the roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup starting next month in Turkey.
• Alonso is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Galaxy, but Schmid said there's a chance the midfielder could be back at Chivas USA. Defender Leo Gonzalez, who was bloodied after being elbowed in the face Saturday, is fine and able to play, according to Schmid. Midfielder Steve Zakuani is still recovering from a groin injury that has forced him to miss four games.
• Members of the Washington Army National Guard were visitors at Tuesday's practice.
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