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- DOB April 20, 1985
- Age 29
- Place of birth Phoenix, Arizona
- POSITION Midfielder
- HEIGHT 6'1"
- WEIGHT 160
- U.S. CAPS 17
- CLUB Seattle Sounders FC
- TWITTER @brad_evans3 (161K followers)
- Current ASN 100 Rank 35
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 31
- Youth Experience U-20
An all-action midfielder who likes to get inside the box, Brad Evans has become a fixture in Seattle’s central midfield. Though he’s been known to divide opinion among Seattle’s sizable fan base, Evans is a favorite of coach Sigi Schmid, and often assumes the role of penalty taker. He’s played a crucial role in much of the Sounders’ success since joining MLS, often ranking among the club’s assists leaders. He’s also caught the eye of U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who called up the Phoenix native to training camp in winter 2012.
After earning all-state honors as a captain for his high school team in Phoenix, he scored a school record 31 goals in four years at UC Irvine and racked up enough awards to become the most decorated player in school history—including being named an All-American his senior year. While in college he played for the USL’s Orange County Blue Star through 2006. Evans entered the 2007 MLS SuperDraft and was selected 15th overall by Columbus, helping them win the MLS Cup the following year. In 2008 Seattle picked Evans through the Expansion Draft and made him a focal point of the squad.
Evans’s first call-up to the national side came in 2009, but he’s since made the team only sporadically. Evans came on as a substitute in two exhibitions in 2012—a 1-0 victory over Venezuela in Glendale, Arizona, and a 1-0 road win against Panama in Panama City. Relegated to the role of substitute on a team comprised of B players, one might be tempted to think that the 27-year-old’s prospects with the national team are dim. That remains to be seen. Evans is certainly on Klinsmann’s radar—now it’s up to him to prove he can cement a more prominent role in the side.