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Evans invited to national team camp

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Dec. 22, 2009 at 11:06 am with 6 Comments »
December 22, 2009 11:07 am

Evans
Evans

Here’s the overview from U.S. Soccer. And here are the details on Evans from the Sounders:

Brad Evans has been invited to the U.S. National Team annual winter training camp, to be held in Carson, California, beginning Jan. 4. Evans, 24, is one of 30 mostly domestic-based players being called to U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center.

Evans, a regular midfield starter for Seattle in 2009, earned his first three international caps during last summer’s Gold Cup, starting one match and coming off the bench in two others.

After being selected by Seattle in the expansion draft, Evans played in 27 games, starting 25, despite being absent for a month during his Gold Cup call-in. He scored three goals and added two assists.

The training camp will conclude on Jan. 23 with the U.S. hosting Honduras at The Home Depot Center in a friendly matchup of two World Cup-bound teams. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision beginning at 4 p.m. PT.

The USMNT has qualified for its sixth successive World Cup finals, and will face England in its opening match on June 12 in Rustenburg, South Africa.

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  1. theSouthSounder says:

    I just took a look at the roster for the first camp of the year. I’ve noticed it’s composed of non-regulars with the national team. I don’t understand this. Why is Bradley even bringing up half of these players? Most have no chance of making the squad for South Africa. This time should be used to get the “starters” used to the flow of each other. This way our team will be a finely tuned machine come June.

    I am one of those who feel Bob Bradley is not the coach for our national team. But, there is nothing we can do about it now. Switching coaches at this moment would be even more detrimental than leaving him in. Yes, his son is a talented player, in Europe, but why would you not want to try a different midfield combo other than Bradley-Edu, Bradley-Clark, Bradley-Kljestan, Bradley-#####? He does the same thing every game and I personally think our national team is better than their recent “kick- and run” showing over the last few games

    Does anyone else out there feel like I do?

  2. WendellGee says:

    Southsounder – You clearly do not understand the point of the annual January camp and the constraints under which it operates. “Camp Cupcake”, as it is referred in US soccer fan circles, exists precisely to give non-regulars a chance. The “regulars”, who are primarily based in Europe, cannot and will not be released by their clubs, who are not required to release them. They cannot possibly participate. Period. It is really quite easy to understand.

    This camp is used, and has been used for many years before Bradley, for filling out the bench of the national team. It has always been that way. Apart from the Scandanavian-based players, who get a very long winter break and are thus available, the camp is used for MLS players who are in off season.

    And I do not get your complaints regarding the midfielders you mention. Whom do you suggest Bradley call in?

  3. EverydayFan says:

    Evans’ pending USMNT duties is another reason why I would have protected Seba instead of Jaqua. When Evans, Montero, Ljungberg, and who-knows else get called up for national team duties, who are you going to send in from the bench to be the motor in the midfield?
    Nathan Sturgis?
    Pete Vagenas?
    Nate Jaqua?
    We’ll miss Seba’s work rate in the dog days of the season … precisely the spot where we dropped points this year that would have given us home field throughout the playoffs

  4. derekyoung says:

    EF, I wouldn’t worry much about USMNT duties. That’s just going to happen if you have the best America has to offer on your squad.

  5. EverydayFan says:

    Not worrying, just planning for it … We also have extra games next year as a result of winning the USOC … that tournament Seba helped us win

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