First the good news: Brad Evans is joining Seattle Sounders training camp almost a week ahead of schedule as the team prepares for a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Club America on Feb. 23. That leaves Jordan Morris -- still on national team duty -- as the only player missing from preseason camp.
But the bad news: Evans returns to the Sounders only after leaving Sunday's United States national team match at halftime due to hamstring tightness. Evans had played well in the first half, and it's unclear if he asked out more as a precaution or because of a potentially serious injury. The 30-year-old suffered a similar injury in last year's playoff game against the Galaxy, ultimately missing both legs of the Western Conference semifinals against FC Dallas.
Having a healthy Evans would certainly be a boost to the Sounders as they attempt to knock off the defending CCL champions. Although his longterm position is still up in the air, Evans is half of the presumed starting center back duo for the early part of the season. The recent signing of Zach Scott and the potential signing of Roberto Chen does give the Sounders some veteran cover, though.