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June 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Sounders FC’s Brad Evans open to playing in Europe after contract expires this year

evans mug 2013Sounders FC’s Brad Evans is having a bit of a breakthrough year in 2013, particularly with his emergence with the national team the past month or so.

I had been meaning to ask him a few times now, particularly with his stock on the rise, if he has ever considered playing in Europe. With Evans back at practice following a short break, I was able to ask him that question after Thursday’s practice.

“Yeah, I mean this is a contract year for me,” Evans said. “It’s the last year on my contract and whatever happens happens. It’d have to be the right fit and the right kind of transition, because I’ve seen it before with other players where contracts are up and the team says, ‘Yeah, come on trial.’ And then they might get injured, they might not fit in with the team and they’re there for three weeks. Then MLS says, ‘Well, screw you. You want to step away from the game for free? Then we’re going to screw you on the back end.’ So it’s a little bit of a chess game.

“For me, it’d have to be a situation where the team really wanted me and really wanted me to step in and play. If that comes about, it comes about, but right now I’m focused on being here and hopefully we get something sorted out with the club. I’d be more than happy to spend another three or four years here.”

A country like Belgium seemed like it would be a good fit, at least to another reporter in the interview, and Evans was asked if his good friend Sacha Kljestan had good things to say about playing there for Anderlecht.

“Yeah,” Evans said. “I went and visited him. … Spending time in Belgium with him, the club is a top level club. It’s a Champions League club every year. But yeah, he loves it over there. He’s fully integrated. That would be a really cool place to play, Anderlecht. It’d be insane — just the city itself and the stature of the club. From what he says, the coach is the best coach he’s ever had. That would be really cool.

“And obviously you see the talent that Belgium is putting out; their national team is ridiculous. They’re kind of like finding their own type of play like Spain did. They kind of play a certain way and all the players have been brought up through the youth system playing that way. Now they’re playing that way for their club teams, as well, and you’re seeing it paying dividends, too, with good club teams and a good national team, as well.”

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