This from the Arizona Republic, which writes about the Seattle midfielder who hails from Phoenix. Also, you should be able to find my recap of today’s practice on the Times’ Web site shortly. It’s been filed.
What’s up with MLS soccer player Brad Evans
By Jose E. Garcia
Arizona Republic — January 21, 2009
Catching up with former Mountain Pointe High soccer star Brad Evans.
Now: The second-year pro helped Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew win its first MLS Cup in 2008 as a starting midfielder. He was recently selected by the Seattle Sounders, the MLS’ newest team, during the expansion draft.
History: Evans left U.C. Irvine as the program’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 31 and was a former two-time All-Arizona player at Phoenix Mountain Pointe High.
Family: Fiancee Becky Bernhard.
Talk about beating New York 3-1 to win the MLS Cup: “It was pretty surreal. The game went by so fast. In Columbus we had like three or four reporters, but all of sudden we had about 100 to 150 reporters from all over covering the final. It went by so fast. It was crazy.”
Are you disappointed the Crew didn’t protect you during the expansion draft? “I’m excited to get back to the West Coast and looking forward to playing for (former Columbus coach) Sigi Schmid. I’m bummed about leaving all of the (Columbus) guys, and the fans were amazing, but Seattle has already sold about 18,000 season tickets.”
You were injured for most of your first pro season, but you played a lot this past season after Adam Moffat was injured. How long did it take you to settle in? “It took some games to settle in, but after four games I was playing with a lot of confidence, playing really simple and taking chances when they came. It helped to have Guillermo Schelotto. I think he assisted on three of my goals.”