UPDATE 10:04 a.m. — On a conference call Monday morning, Klinsmann noted that Evans made the team because he “had a very, very impressive three and a half weeks in (January) camp with us.”
As was somewhat expected, Sounders FC’s Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans were among 24 players named to the U.S. men’s national team roster for a FIFA World Cup qualifier Wednesday in Honduras. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. and beIN SPORT will have the broadcast.
Johnson and Evans had been in January camp with the national team leading into last week’s friendly against Canada.
Johnson has played in 11 qualifiers and is in a three-way tie for second in federation history (Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride) with 10 career goals in World Cup qualifying. Evans has never featured in a qualifier and is interestingly listed as a defender, having played the second half of the Canada game at right back.
Honduras, of course, will feature Seattle midfielder Mario Martinez among other MLS players.
“We want to have a sense of urgency right from the start of the Final Round,” said coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a news release. “We have a lot of respect for Honduras, but our message to the team is that we are going there to get three points. One thing we learned from the Semifinal Round is that you have to bring the right mentality to play in the tough games on the road, and I’m confident we are ready to do that.”
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GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (9): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Roma), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jose Torres (Tigres), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)