Brad Evans' swell mug could be on the cover of a video game this year, if the right number of people select him. As with the last few years, MLSsoccer.com is hosting a fan vote deciding the cover players in FIFA's long running video game series. While the typical retail copies will feature Leo Messi and Alex Morgan, this vote will determine who appears on a custom MLS cover which will be available for fans to print out at their leisure (albeit on lesser quality printer paper.)
Evans is the lone representative for Seattle Sounders FC, one of 20 MLS teams who each have a single player available for the cover vote. Evans' selection may again be based on the Sounders' kit sponsor; wearing XBOX-sponsored jerseys is great when the game is on XBOX, but Sony may not be as thrilled about putting the rave-green competitor advertisements in their PlayStation library. Like with Dempsey last year, this gives them the opportunity to swap Evans' Sounders likeness for his United States Men's National Team version.
Don't forget that this is the first year former Sounders and current Women's National Team players will be featured in the game, such as Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and Sydney Leroux. Solo and Rapinoe are current members of the Seattle Reign. This is also the first year that the Sounders can play in their own stadium within the game, as Centurylink Field joins FIFA's pitch roster as the only US stadium.
Other players up for the vote include Cascadia attackers Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) and Octavio Rivero (Vancouver Whitecaps,) recent Designated Player signings Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC,) David Villa (New York City FC) and Kaka (Orlando City,) and USMNT contributors Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) and Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution.)