It would appear Brad Evans' move to center back has given him new life with the United States national team. The Seattle Sounders captain was a somewhat surprising United States national team call-up to a pair of June friendlies when the roster was released on Sunday. The United States plays the Netherlands on June 5 and Germany on June 10. The only Sounders' game Evans would be guaranteed to miss would be June 6 at Sporting Kansas City.
Although Evans appeared in the Mexico friendly in April, he has not been a regular part of the team since being one of the final cuts ahead of last summer's World Cup. This call, however, suggests he's at least in the mix for the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer.
Of course, Evans' ability to actually play is in question after he came out of Sunday's Sounders game in the 74th minute with an apparent injury. Evans appeared to strain his groin on a tackle in the penalty area, was able to play another 20 minutes or so, but appeared to be in pain when he came off.
Almost as surprising as Evans' call was the omission of Clint Dempsey, who hasn't actually played for the USMNT since scoring for them against Panama on Feb. 8. Dempsey was called into the last set of European friendlies, but didn't play after suffering an injury. He was also hurt ahead of the Mexico friendly.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)