UPDATE: Sporting KC finally announced the move on Tuesday.
Brad Evans all but made it official: He’s leaving the Seattle Sounders. The free agent has reportedly signed with Sporting Kansas City, about 10 days after joining them on what appeared to be a trial.
Evans thanked the organization and the fans in a Tweet.
Can't say 'thank you' enough to my @SoundersFC family/players that trusted in me & of course the city of Seattle for 9 years of amazing memories. We had a good run. I hope u continue to support your rave green soldiers through thick & thin. I'll be your future GM #sounders— brad evans (@brad_evans3) February 13, 2018
True to his style, he also made sure to cut people off before they accused him of doing exactly what he had seemed to be accusing Fredy Montero of doing after he signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps last year.
Also if you think KC is a rival because we've played a few good games against each other, figure it out.— brad evans (@brad_evans3) February 13, 2018
Head coach Brian Schmetzer accurately captured how many are likely feeling about the move during his afternoon appearance on KJR: “It’s a sad story and a good story. I’m happy for Brad. The players fought for some form of free agency and Brad used that to his advantage. I’m sad in that sense, I would have had him back. I’m happy for him, sad for myself and the fans will miss him. Brad had a good relationship with the fans.”
Evans’ departure leaves Osvaldo Alonso as the only player remaining from the Sounders’ 2009 roster. Evans leaves the Sounders with 28 goals and 29 assists across all competitions, ranking him sixth and third all-time, respectively. Evans was also a perfect 14-for-14 from the penalty spot, including his successful shootout attempt in the 2016 MLS Cup.
Unfortunately, Evans was also unable to stay healthy over his final two seasons in Seattle. Evans has made six starts since Aug. 28, 2016 and last played for the Sounders on Aug. 5, 2017. The 32-year-old will likely be limited to reserve duty with KC, although he could conceivably compete for a starting spot at several positions.