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Brad Evans leaves RSL match at halftime with hamstring injury

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Andy Rose gets first significant league minutes in almost five months.

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Turns out Evans actually strained his hamstring.

Already missing Marco Pappa due to a hamstring strain, the Seattle Sounders lost another midfielder when Brad Evans was subbed off at halftime of the Real Salt Lake match on Saturday. The initial reports on the broadcast suggested Evans was suffering from cramping, which would make sense as the match was being played at altitude and in the heat. Andy Rose came on for Evans.

Evans had only just returned from injury two weeks ago, but had played 90 minutes in three straight games, including on Wednesday in a U.S. Open Cup match. Injuries and national-team duty have cost Evans seven matches this season.

Rose has been limited to just five appearances this season and ended a nearly eight-week absence while making a late substitution appearance against the Houston Dynamo last week. Rose had played just 11 minutes since starting against the Montreal Impact on March 23. Rose also is coming off his best performance of the season, scoring a pair of goals and earning plaudits from Sigi Schmid in the Sounders' 6-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.