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Brad Evans remains with United States, but Clint Dempsey avoids call-up

After another solid performance in Red, White and Blue, Evans continues to bolster standing as a starting right back.

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First the good news: Clint Dempsey will not be joining the United States for the final World Cup qualifying match against Panama on Tuesday. Sean Johnson turned out to be the only late addition to the squad.

The bad news? Brad Evans was not among the players sent back to their respective clubs following Friday's 2-0 win over Jamaica. Fellow starters Landon Donovan, Matt Besler, Jermaine Jones and Tim Howard were all excused from camp.

Of course, that's only bad news from a Seattle Sounders perspective. For Evans, it's just another sign that the starting right back in Brazil continues to be his to lose. Evans did absolutely nothing to hurt his standing in the Jamaica game, while facing a desperate team that absolutely needed to win in order to have any chance at qualifying for the World Cup.

Evans made several timely tackles and completed 30 of 32 passes (not including throw-ins). His best moment was probably his 7th minute goal-line clearance. A ball had ricocheted past Howard, but Evans was able to trap it and then kick out of danger with a Jamaica attacker bearing down on him.

At this point, the only way Evans doesn't at least go to Brazil would seem to be an injury. The biggest threat to his starting position is probably the health and/or availability of Steve Cherundolo and Timothy Chandler.

Cherundolo recently made his first appearance since May for Bundesliga club Hannover 96  in an exhibition on Friday. Although he's going to be 35 by the time the World Cup rolls around and hasn't made an appearance for the United States since October 2012, he's easily the most experienced right back.

Chandler probably has the biggest upside, but seems to be on the outs with Jurgen Klinsmann as he has not made an appearance since becoming cap-tied in that loss to Honduras at the start of the Hex. Chandler has, however, established himself as a starter at Nurnberg.

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