Brad Evans has been added to the United States national team roster ahead of a rather busy stretch of games that will include two friendlies and three World Cup qualifiers, including one at CenturyLink Field. He will join the team shortly after the Seattle Sounders play the LA Galaxy on Sunday and could remain with them until the June 18 qualifier against Honduras.
Although Evans has seven national team caps and was called up as recently as earlier this year, this is a bit of a milestone for him. Until now, all of his call-ups were for friendlies, the Gold Cup or when the full team was otherwise not being called in. This would seem to be an indication that Evans is at least in the running to earn a spot in Brazil, assuming the US qualifies.
While Evans might not be the sexiest pick, it does make sense. Whatever Evans lacks in offensive acumen, he makes up for with his versatility and ability to read the game. Both are qualities that Jurgen Klinsmann obviously appreciates.
This is also an indicator that Evans is in the midst of what is probably his best season. Not only is he moving all over the midfield, but he's showing a creative side that hasn't always been there. His two-assist performance against FC Dallas was his first multi-assist game of his career and he now appears to be coming into his own as a indispensable part of the offense.