As the United States gets ready to celebrate 100 years of US Soccer with a match against Germany Jurgen Klinsmann continues to search for the best possible lineup for World Cup Qualifying. Sunday's match on ESPN 2 (11:30 Pacific) will be a friendly, but also a way to continue the greater quest - qualification for another World Cup.
On Saturday reports emerged that Brad Evans practiced at right back with the first team.
Diff groups during 11v11 drill. 1 group: Howard, Evans, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Zusi, Bradley, Jones, F Johnson, Dempsey, Altidore #usmnt— Franco Panizo (@FrancoPanizo) June 1, 2013
If Evans starts at right back, and that is not ensured as Klinsmann has changed lineups at the last minute, he would be the third right back to start in a 2013 friendly (Cameron, Beltran). Geoff Cameron started two of the three World Cup Qualifiers this year with the other start being by Timothy Chandler against Honduras.
This move may be more about sending a message than a recognition of Evans' role with the National Team.
During Friday's conference call with Seattle media Sigi Schmid indicated that Evans would probably not be gone for the Gold Cup despite being on the preliminary roster.
"I've talked to Jurgen [Klinsmann], I know we've had our discussions and had an understanding," Schmid said. "[He] wasn't sure if Evans was going to stay all the way through the World Cup qualifiers - it sounds like he might be - if he is, I think then his chances of being in the Gold Cup decrease. Same thing with Eddie."
While this would mean Evans is gone from the Sounders in one longer chunk, it would mean that the coverage for Yedlin's likely trip to Turkey for the U-20 World Cup has cover and additional international experience at the role.