Brad Evans was a bit of a surprise scratch from Sunday's lineup against the Portland Timbers after apparently sustaining a calf injury. The Seattle Sounders erred on the side of caution and had him get an MRI, which revealed nothing serious. But they're still planning to keep Evans out of Saturday's friendly against Tottenham Hotspur and are targeting the July 28 game against the LA Galaxy for his return.
"We're going to move forward slowly," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters on Monday, saying the same thought process was being used with Leo Gonzalez. "The MRI came back on Brad and confirmed what we thought it was. There's no need to rush him for this week. They are going to take it at less of a pace than we did if we had a league game on Saturday."
As the Sounders have done in the past, they've again used Evans all over the park. Evans has been used as a center mid, a right mid and a left mid, as well as a center back, right back and left back. The position at which he has seemed best utilized is probably as a right mid, working as a sort of double-pivot with DeAndre Yedlin. But Evans has actually only started one game there this year, leading to the rather obvious question of how Schmid sees him fitting in once he returns.
"I don't know, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it," Schmid said. "We have a number of guys who can start and there always seems to be someone out injured.
"Brad is our little piece we can drop into different places, he has that ability. He can impact the game in a number of different places. You think about it now and something happens in two weeks that changes your whole thought process. We'll worry about that later."