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Sounders’ Johnson, Evans react to national team call

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Jan. 6, 2013 at 6:23 pm with No Comments »
January 6, 2013 6:29 pm

Sounders FC just sent these quotes from forward Eddie Johnson and midfielder Brad Evans regarding their calls to the U.S. national team today:

(On getting the call to the U.S. National Team…)
“It says a lot about the hard work that we put in and the goals that we set in Seattle. It’s a reward for all that hard work and shows that it didn’t go unnoticed. It’s an honor whenever you can go into camp and wear your country’s shirt. It was a humbling moment and I don’t want to take the opportunity for granted.”

(On how this call is different from his last one…) “With success comes expectations and it’s all about living up to those expectations. It’s a familiar position, but it’s a new opportunity and an unbelievable opportunity. I’m going into it like it’s my last chance and I want to make the best of it.”

(On expectations…) “The expectations are going to be high because I scored goals for club and country, but that’s just extra motivation. That’s good pressure. I’m a competitive person and I’m looking forward to the role that I’m going to play next season in Seattle and in this camp.”

(On the implications of the January camp…)
“Every year has different implications on what the January camp means. At the end of the day, it only benefits MLS if it’s a bunch of MLS players getting called in. Getting those international games and training twice a day is great.”

(On last year’s January camp…) “That camp propelled me to the season I had last year. It gave me a full preseason of fitness and strengthening and pushed me into the Sounders camp and lead to a healthy season.”

(On three players from last year’s Sounders team — including Jeff Parke — in the camp…) “Whenever your team does well, they’re going to look at why that is and that’s why we have so many guys on the national team radar.”

(On his goal for the camp…) “The ultimate goal is to do well in training and if you get your shot in the game, do the best you can because you never know what can happen. The team is so deep, so to break into the squad is very difficult.”

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