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April 29, 2010 at 6:12 PM

A stop and chat with Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans

(On playing as a forward…) “I liked it. I enjoyed it. When we played two different lineups (at forward), you’re going to get two different products on the field. You have one that plays a little more in front of the defense with Montero, and a little bit more tricky. Whereas with me, I can make a few more darting runs and kind of get behind. Kind of two different styles with their back line. They were a little bigger, but weren’t as fast. I felt comfortable and had two good chances. On the header I saw the keeper was in the middle of the goal and just put in right over the bar. And the second one, he was coming out and I tried to put it through his legs, but he cut off the angle. He had a great game, but I was overall pleased with the way I played up front.”

(On building on last week…) “I think you look at games, we tie and it feels like a loss. Then we lost, and we’re disappointed for sure, but we played much better in possession-wise and things like that. It carried over this week. I think today in our 11v11 and yesterday, I thought we had good possession. Not only possession with our backs, but possession in attacking half, their defending third, which is important and something we’ve been missing. (We’re still) tinkering the lineup and trying to find the best combo still. This seems it’s going to work out now.”
(On learning from Columbus’ consistency…) “Yeah, the most important thing is you can’t panic. Once you start making major changes the wheels kind of fall off. I think you’re seeing that he trying to keep the same 11 on the field the best that he can, barring injury and things like that. It’s keeping the group together that keeps everything consistent. This year we haven’t been the more consistent. It’s a season of ups and downs. Last year we started the season hot and hit kind of a lull. It’s kind of a gut-check time.”
(On Columbus lineup being the same…) “It’s something we saw last year and they’re guys we’ve played against for a long time. A little bit different up top now. With Moreno being gone they have Steve, a little bit more of a physical presence in the air and on corner kicks and things like that. He’s a big body and bruises around. Just a little bit different, but mostly the same. We look at tape from last year and see what we can do.”
(On last year’s games against them…) “At home, they got the early goal, then we miss a PK but got a great goal after that. We look at that one as maybe we should’ve won at home for sure. Kasey made a few good saves as well. At their place we got a good result on the road. Just playing good defense, and luckily they miss a PK at home, which is rare for them. So just playing consistent and putting our chances away is the most important thing. We had a number of chances last Sunday, if we finish the first one, the second one, it’s game over. Though we’re not talking about last week anymore. It’s the story of soccer, finish your chances and you’ll be on the right side of the results. Play to our strengths and finishing our chances.”


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