RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Now that he's back with the Seattle Sounders, Brad Evans knows it will be tough to keep his mind off the opportunity that may lie ahead this summer with the U.S. team at the World Cup.
A potential chance like that is hard to completely ignore, especially when it'll remain a lingering question into May and June.
"It is a big deal and I try and dumb it down, but it is a big deal," Evans said Wednesday following training with the Sounders. "I don't want to focus on that right now. My focus right now is on March 8 and building the relationships with these guys and establishing a style of play and getting guys healthy and getting guys 100 percent here. And that's where my focus will remain until you switch places. I think I've done a good job of that."
Evans and Seattle teammate DeAndre Yedlin rejoined the Sounders late last week and were back in Seattle for their first full training session with the club Wednesday. And while their focus now turns to the start of the MLS season in less than a month, there will remain the lingering thought of their World Cup chances.
Evans would seem to be a lock to at least be included in the U.S. camp prior to leaving for Brazil after making five starts on the right side of the defensive backline during World Cup qualifying last year. Evans also started at that position during an exhibition against South Korea on Feb. 1.
Yedlin, 20, would seem to be more of a long shot to be included in the World Cup camp, but could be a long-range option at the same position as Evans. That's why Yedlin's experience in the January training camp in Brazil was so important. His reward was getting a first international appearance when he came on for Evans against South Korea.