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April 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Talking to Brad Evans about his knee injury and RSL

(Q: Sigi Schmid said you’ve had a history with this knee injury?)
“Yeah, I’ve had it since high school. I’ve probably had like six MRIs on it. It’s the same thing, just a bucket-handle tear on my meniscus. So with certain motion, the flap – whatever piece – flips over and it sort of creates a little barrier to where I can’t straighten my leg. It never causes pain. It never causes swelling. So, it’s just a matter of time before it relaxes and the muscles around it relax and I’m able to get that flap to flip back over and play on.”
(Q: We heard this incident was worse than normal?)
“Yeah. The last time it did that was two years ago in Houston, where I had to come out of the game. But this time, just a little different motion to free it up I guess. It was fine after that. I thought it was done. But being in there we found a way to get it back to normal.”


(Q: Something that triggers the injury?)
“Usually it’s an open-foot pass. That usually gets it to flip. But this time I was planted. Roger on a 1v1 and pushed, it must have done something strange. I don’t know exactly was caused it. But it’s fine.”
(Q: Can you feel the difference after the injury?)
“Never any difference. If I would have got it fixed then I could have come back out (on Tuesday). It’s really strange. Five, six doctors say the same: until it causes you problems, pain and swelling, take care of it. But until then play on.”
(Q: Heard of other players playing with the injury?)
“I’ve heard of players playing with meniscus tears and even slight ACL tears. Kasey (Keller) was telling me today he had a buddy that played his whole career with a slight ACL tear. It’s just lucky, I guess. When the time comes, when it is time to repair it, it will be a lengthy one probably.”
(Q: First time it happened?)
“The first time when it happened was in high school and it kind of freaked me out a little bit. But it went back to normal and I was able to play on so I was fine.”
(Q: On Real Salt Lake…)
“It’s a good challenge. It’s a team with a rotating midfield of good players. And good players coming off the bench as well. They played a number of games together as well. It’s always a good challenge and a good test, for sure. I think we’re up for it. We played them good and tough last year, minus the game at their place where we lost. I think we’ll take a look at some tape and just replicate what we did.”

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