Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans has been named MLS Player of the Week, fueled by a two-goal performance in Sunday’s 3-1 home win over FC Dallas.
“Nobody else in the league scored two goals, so I think it was automatic,” he joked after Monday’s practice.
Evans netted a 32nd-minute penalty kick and later notched a 60th-minute goal that put Seattle ahead for good as the Sounders clinched a top-three finish in the Western Conference.
It marked the first two-goal performance for Evans since April 30, 2011 — a 3-0 home win against Toronto FC.
The 27 year old also showcased his versatility in a midweek game versus Real Salt Lake, starting at right back and moving to center back to help lead the defense to a shutout.
It was the first Player of the Week award in Evans’ six-year career. He joins David Estrada (Week 2) and Eddie Johnson (Week 22 and Week 27) as Sounders winners this season.
“Sometimes people underappreciate Brad,” said coach Sigi Schmid, “so it’s nice to see a player like that get the recognition, because he’s not the only player in the league like that. Player of the Week always goes to guys who get goals, so he got Player of the Week this week because he got a couple goals. Does Ozzie Alonso deserve a Player of the Week award? Does Beckerman deserve a Player of the Week award? Does a Larentowicz deserve a Player of the Week award?
“As we move on during the season, those guys are very instrumental for all their particular teams. Juninho? Yeah, he’ll get it if he scores some goals. And so always we get hung up with that offensive stat and we don’t look at the other side of it: How did this guy influence the game? How much does he have an impact for his team? How much did he help turn that game? So I’m advocating for those unsung guys — those defenders, etc.”