Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid mentioned earlier this week that midfielder/defender Brad Evans is on standby status with the U.S. national team.
Today we spoke to Evans about that.
Explaining “standby” status) For each of the camps now (coach Jurgen Klinsmann) always names guys in case somebody gets injured – in theory – who would be stepping into that position. It’s just: Be prepared at all times. And if he feels the need to bring in more players to fill-in certain positions, that’s what it’s there for.
So if there was an injury in the USA game tonight, you could be called to Columbus for the game Tuesday?) Yeah, that’s exactly what can happen. I don’t see it happening: But it’s just be prepared at all times, have your passport ready just in case, and just keep your eyes on your email.
On still being on the national-team radar) Yeah it’s great. Anytime you see that email from U.S. Soccer it’s (great). Jurgen’s obviously put the time and effort to write the email, so that’s one that you kind of bright up when you see it. It’s obviously an honor anytime you see that. Whether you’re on standby, in the camp, it’s all the same. It would be great to be there. At the same time, keep working now, and things happen. If not, you work toward the next one.
On starting 12 consecutive games for the Sounders) I hadn’t even thought about it, but it’s just good. Knock on wood, the word since Jan. 1 was health. I feel like anytime I’m healthy I give myself a chance no matter who’s out there. I’ve just got to continue to take care of the body maintenance, really buckle down the last month and a half.