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Sounders scrimmage against U23s, win 2-nil

Scrimmaging against an amateur team is not about wins/losses. Instead it is about testing some new ideas and getting a run during a week without a match.

Evans and Ianni have a history together.
Evans and Ianni have a history together.
Otto Greule Jr

One of the key tests of the match was Josh Ford starting as the keeper for the Sounders U23s. At this point in their season the U23s were made up of trialists, invitees and some non-college signings. Abdul Aman, Machael David and Adam West were others that people may know. The First Team would see goals from Caskey and Neagle. Neagle and Evans would both fail to convert a penalty. Neagle's went off the post and Ford stopped Evans.

Sigi started the first half with Brad Evans at right back and Lamar Neagle at forward. Both would move to the midfield in the second half.

"We just wanted to look at him at right back a little bit," Schmid said about Evans. "We know what Zach Scott can do at right back and wanted to look at Brad there. DeAndre has done reasonably well, I hear, at the Under-20 camp if he ends up being somebody who gets selected to play at the youth world championships we might miss him a few games, it was just so we know what our options are there."

Evans said after the match, as he always does, that he's willing to play anywhere. The primary difference in the role is where the opposing players are coming from, the speed of MLS left wings and who is passing the ball. But that last difference is not that major. Evans played right back for the 2005 US U20s and the right centerback was the same then as today - Patrick Ianni.

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