One of the notes from Saturday night's 4-1 win over Colorado was that Sigi Schmid and Jurgen Klinsmann continue to talk about Brad Evans health and positional usage with Seattle. "I talked to Jurgen (Klinsmann) yesterday," Sigi said postgame, "and we're going to give him some minutes in the reserves game tomorrow."
Sunday saw that desire come true for Brad Evans as he started and played 45 minutes as the right back. In past Reserve matches Michael Azira and Sean Okoli saw time in the fullback role. This match against the Rapids Reserves was fortuitous timing for Evans.
"You just hope that it puts you in a good position moving forward. The only thing I can do now is work my way back into the starting lineup with the First Team and work hard in practice," Evans said postgame. "But the timing of it it's great to get minutes at that position obviously with hopefully the coming weeks ahead, but the focus remains breaking the eleven now."
While playing right back for the Reserves is not going to earn him a call to represent the United States in the World Cup extra reps there do help him make the adjustments he needs to retain the attention of Klinsmann's staff.
"I think it's a mutual conversation. It's one where obviously I got minutes this weekend and I probably could have played center midfield but we have three capable center midfielders already and not really a set right back. So I think it worked out perfectly being able to get some minutes and it's good," Evans furthered explained his statement. "The timing of it is good to be able to have a coach say 'I want him to get more reps at right back' and obviously Sigi having faith and putting me at that position with the Reserves and getting a decent result today."
When along the backline his tactical awareness is expressed individually rather than the coach-on-field role he plays while a midfielder. He talks to the centerback and right mid mainly trusting the central mids to take charge.
"I think moreso when you're in the center of the park you find yourself coaching and orchestrating things. My main focus is my connection with Jalil and my connection with Sean, with the rest let Andy take care of it and Azira and get the other guys involved," Evans said. "For me it's focusing on the guys that are directly around me."
Now with a three matches in seven days just around the corner Brad is going to focus on getting to full fitness and filling whatever role is needed to keep Seattle's top form going. Sigi may just need to rotate the roster for fitness reasons alone. With Evans' role flexibility he could be in central midfield, outside mid or even at right back. His concern is getting in the XI.
"Push, push, push - that's my focus now," Evans repeated. "Getting another good solid week of training and feeling fresh and fit. We've got three games in seven days so it's going to be a good time to break into the team. It's a team that's in good form so it's not an easy decision. Guys are playing really well right now. My focus is that I've got to push and get super fit and break my way in."