When the pregame lineup sheet come out last night, many reporters noticed the ‘captain’ designation next to Brad Evans‘ name.
It wasn’t much of a surprise, but was worth noting.
With regular captain Mauro Rosales out with a sprained knee, Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid gave those duties to Evans. But when the teams came onto the field, Fredy Montero was wearing the armband and handled the coin toss.
So what happened? I asked Evans after the game if he gave the armband to Montero on his own.
He said yes, and explained his reasoning.
“I could take the captain’s armband, but to be honest, I think we get more out of Fredy when he has more responsibility on his shoulders,” Evans told me. “He becomes a better player. It was my decision to pass it on, and I thought he had a good game. He was active, challenging in the air — I think he works a little bit harder defensively when he has more responsibility on his shoulders. We need that. If that means I pass (the armband) along, that’s fine. It’s always an honor to wear the captain’s armband, and you always want to turn in a good performance, but the bigger picture becomes more necessary in that respect.”
Evans did something similar in the MLS opener against Toronto. Rosales gave Evans the armband upon being subbed out in the second half, and Evans then went and gave it to Montero to wear for the final minutes.
Montero told me last night that he appreciated the gesture from Evans, but kept some perspective, as well.
“Sigi said at the beginning of the season that we have five or six leaders, so it doesn’t matter who gets the band,” he said. “The more important thing is to work hard for the team. That’s what we did. We had a very good performance and at the end of the day we got the three points.”
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I know captaincy has been a bit of an issue/non-issue, but what do you think?