Both Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson have been called into the United States national team's January training camp, it was announced on Sunday. Unsurprisingly, the camp will be made up primarily of MLS players, with all but four of the 25 playing in the domestic league. The camp immediately precedes a friendly against Canada on Jan. 29 and leads into the start of World Cup qualifying on Feb. 6.
Neither Evans nor Johnson were huge surprises. Johnson is coming off a resurgent year in which he made a triumphant return to the national team. He had also hinted at his inclusion in a series of retweets that were congratulating him.
There had been less obvious indications that Evans would get the call, but this is the third time in four years that he's been called into camp and he too is coming off a strong year. Evans scored four goals and had four assists in 29 games last year, arguably his best season as a professional.
Former Sounders defender Jeff Parke also received a callup.
DEFENDERS (9): Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)