When last we saw Brad Evans, he had moved over to right back and turned in a solid 45-minute shift in a losing effort against the Portland Timbers. The common thinking seemed to be that it was a signal of a potentially permanent move, as Roman Torres’ return to health was going to push Evans out of center back.
Of course, Evans hurt his back in training the following week and he’s now missed the last two games. Tyrone Mears, who was removed at halftime of that Timbers game, has started at right back in both of those games.
Although there’s still no indication what position Evans will playing going forward, his return to the field is at least looking closer.
Brian Schmetzer on the health of Brad Evans: "Every day is a little better. He's available for selection [against LA this weekend]."— Sounders Beat (@SoundersBeat) September 23, 2016
After being limited in training this week, it still may be a bit too optimistic for Evans to start Sunday’s game against the LA Galaxy. But it seems reasonable that he could come off the bench in some capacity and may even be able to start in time for Wednesday’s home encounter with the Chicago Fire.
That sets up a potential backline of Evans, Chad Marshall, Torres and Joevin Jones. Fully fit, it’s as good of a backline as any in MLS, at least on paper. Fingers crossed.