Oklahoma City Energy FC defender Gareth Evans ready to get started with his new team

Gareth Evans, 27, has played soccer on multiple levels including professionally in Europe as well as various minor league organizations in America.
by Chris Brannick Published: February 16, 2014

Is there a main difference in soccer between Europe and North American soccer?

The main difference for me is it's a lot less physical compared to back home. When I was playing back in the U.K. it was a lot more physical. You get away with a lot more with the referees and that kind of stuff and here you get called up a lot if your kind of physical. Plus, the style of play is a lot faster. Back home, it's not 95 degrees so you can't run around like a headless chicken, you have to try and keep the ball.

What do you think of Jimmy Nielsen and him transitioning into coaching?

I've got great respect for him as a player. But ever since I first spoke to him before I signed he seemed like a great guy. The style of soccer he wants to play suits me.

Are you going to fit right in to Energy FC's style?

Hopefully yeah. Where I used to play in Wilmington it's very similar, it's very direct. I prefer possession and not just pumping it long and hoping it for the best. In that respect I'm definitely looking forward to it, the kind of players they're signing hopefully we'll just click together.

What are you doing if you're not playing soccer?

Coaching soccer. But no, if I'm not in soccer at all, I like to stay busy. I'm an outdoors person or play video games, a little Call of Duty and that sort of thing.

by Chris Brannick
Copy Editor
Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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