Number: 25 Position: Midfielder Primary Role: Center Midfield Other Roles: RW, CF, RM, CDM Height: 6’1” Weight: 170 Age: 25 Nationality: United States Last Team: Columbus Crew Roster Slot: Senior Starts: 11 Minutes: 965 Goals: 1 Assists: 3 PP90: 0.47 +/- per 90: -0.19
RW, CF, RM, CDM
Nationality: United States
Last Team: Columbus Crew
Roster Slot: Senior
+/- per 90: -0.19
Offense: A natural central midfielder, the first-half rash of injuries have forced Evans to play all over the field. Wherever he's played, he's displayed an impressive work rate and has repeatedly put himself in good positions with strong runs. After scoring the team's first goal of the season, though, he's struggled to find the back of the net. He has managed to register three assists, but he appears best suited for the midfield.
Defense: After a rough start in which the man he was marking scored each of the first three goals the Sounders allowed this season, Evans has been solid defensively. The most highlight-reel worthy play he's made was probably against Columbus, when he transitioned from offense to defense by chasing the play about 100 yards to break up what would have been a great scoring opportunity.
What you love: All the little things. Evans won't wow you with any one thing that he does, but if you watch him long enough you'll eventually start to appreciate him.
What you hate: Those missed shots. Whatever the cause, Evans seems to have missed more good scoring opportunities than any other Sounder.
What to expect in second half: People who love him say that only those who don't appreciate soccer hate him. Those that hate him, say his defenders only care about silly things like hustle. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Either way, it's hard to imagine that his playing time won't be curtailed if the team ever gets to full health. With Nate Jaqua, Peter Vagenas and Osvaldo Alonso all sure to get serious minutes in the midfield and Blaise Nkufo sure to start once he joins the team sometime after July 17, Evans could be reduced to role player. I'm guessing he'll still get a fair amount of playing time, but he won't end up with the sixth most minutes (as he did in the first half).