Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid has revealed that Brad Evans will be one of the names included in the squad for the weekend’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps. Evans was named by manager Jurgen Klinsmann as one of the 23 players set to travel for the US national team squad at the World Cup 2014. The US will be set for a difficult World Cup since they will be facing the likes of Portugal, Brazil, and Ghana in the group stages alone. Klinsmann created a few surprises when he announced the final 23 man squad.
One of the major surprises was that LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan will not be taking part in the World Cup. A veteran of three world cups, Donovan was looking to be part of his fourth World Cup in Brazil. Despite that surprise, Klinsmann named a more or less expected squad with the likes of Evans included in it. The midfielder is expected to be part of the US training squad shortly. In fact, he has been training with the US team for the last few days. Despite this, he is expected to be part of the Seattle Sounders team according to manager Schmid.
Schmid says that he has no problem with the professional attitude of Evans coming to the fore in such situations.
“We’ll see because he had a very intense training. They haven’t really had any days off, so we’ll see where he’s at physically. Sometimes that situation is something that takes a while to settle in. It really hits home the first time you see the team play and aren’t part of it. I’ve known Brad a long time. Not just Brad, but any player, what you’re going to do is keep a stiff upper lip,” said the Seattle Sounders boss ahead of the weekend.