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June 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Brad Evans impresses as USMNT beats Germany, 4-3, in centennial celebration

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Sounders FC’s Brad Evans started and played a full 90 for the U.S. men’s national team in Sunday’s 4-3 exhibition win over Germany.

Clint Dempsey scored twice in the federation’s centennial celebration to become the second-leading scorer in U.S. history with 35 goals. Jozy Altidore had a goal (his first since 2011) and added an assist in a big performance before World Cup qualifying. There was also an epic own-goal by German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen you’ll want to see.

News started to trickle out Saturday that Evans was training with the starters, and he didn’t disappoint in his opportunity. You’ll notice that in player ratings from ESPN.com, SI.com, The New York Times and MLSsoccer.com.

He was also the subject of features from the league website, Goal.com and Yanks Abroad.

“Brad Evans showed us exactly what we wanted to see,” said coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “… This gives us now a good option. He took his chance. Simple as that.”

Klinsmann said he’s been talking with Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid about starting Evans at right back and praised the 28-year-old’s vision, technique, strength, 1v1 defending and overlapping ability. The U.S. depth in midfield — e.g. Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones — was always going to make defense a better place for him to break through.

The Belgium friendly Wednesday was apparently too close to Evans’ last action with Seattle, and that’s why Klinsmann waited for the Germany game to make the move.

Evans said on Twitter he would “never forget it.”

“If you’re starting games with the national team, that’s everybody’s ultimate goal,” Evans said at USsoccer.com. “All that matters is the next game, so you learn from this one, watch the tape and see what you can do better. I’m still learning the position first and foremost. By no means do I know the position yet, but I try to use what I know from playing midfield.”

Let’s not forget Eddie Johnson got some playing time for the U.S., too, in front of 47,359 fans at a blistering hot RFK Stadium.. He subbed on in the second half to earn his 50th international appearance. It was an all-Sounder right flank as Johnson played wide right and also got good reviews in the previously linked ratings.

The qualifiers are coming up: Friday in Jamaica, June 11 vs. Panama in Seattle and June 18 vs. Honduras in Salt Lake City.

Elsewhere, the U.S. women beat regional rival Canada, 3-0, behind goals from Sounders Women alumni Alex Morgan (two) and Sydney Leroux.

Leroux’s celebration was a big talking point afterward.

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