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February 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Brad Evans on World Cup hopes: ‘I won’t be confident or sure until the name is on the list.’

Brad Evans spoke about the state of the Sounders FC locker room in a separate post, but here is what the midfielder had to say about his time with the U.S. national team:

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(What did you take away from this USMNT camp?) “Those camps are always tough, but I think when you go into those, you grow as a player and you start to see things a little bit differently. I think that things maybe slow down … and the game slows down, but you also like to learn from the best players in the league, too. What do guys like Kyle Beckerman and Brad Davis (do)? They are still captains of their teams and still in the national team picture and most likely going to World Cup, and they’re doing that three years or four years my senior. Learning little nuances from them, and maintenance of the body. Getting a little bit different (treatment). You have a great coaching staff here, probably the best fitness coach, but then you go in there and you have another world-class fitness coach and obviously a coach who has done extremely well with the national team last year. So it’s a different group, but you tend to pick up little things.”

(What were the takeaways from being in Brazil and how important was that trip?) “We’ll see how many guys come from MLS that were in that camp that go to the World Cup, but it’s always nice to be familiar with the place, especially one that’s so far away and on such a big stage. You kind of get familiar with the surroundings and what to expect — weather, food, whatever it is, little things, the facilities — so that when you go you’re not star struck and it doesn’t take you days to kind of check out the facilities. Where are the bathrooms? Little things like that. You know what you’re getting into and it makes the transition that much easier.”

(Do you feel any more confident or sure that you’ll be part of that camp?) “No, and I won’t be confident or sure until the name is on the list. That’s how I’m going to approach it and you just hope the next call comes your way. That’s kind of my focus right now.”

(Is it hard not to think about that stuff when you’re here with the Sounders?) “Yeah, when I’m home I don’t think about it, but then … you guys talk to me every day about it. (laughs) It’s all part of it. It is a big deal, and I try to dumb it down. It is a big deal, but I don’t want to focus on that right now. My focus right now is on March 8 and building the relationships with these guys and establishing a style of play and getting guys healthy and getting guys going 100-percent here, and that’s where will my focus will remain until you switch places. You know what I mean? I think I’ve done a good job of that and it has benefited me on both sides of it, so I’ll continue to do that.”

(How is it finally being home after so long away?) “Great. It feels so good. Especially two days off just being able to mellow at home and hang out. Good to see the wife, good to hang out with friends, as well, and the focus turns now to March 8. But just being home, we leave again this coming week, so you enjoy it as much as you can.”

(What does it mean for a club team to have guys play for their national teams?) “I think the coaching staff, obviously if they didn’t believe in it, they wouldn’t let us go. They wouldn’t release us. They wouldn’t let Clint go on loan. They’d probably ask for him a little bit earlier to build with the group. But Clint is at a different stage than all of us. He’s going to come in in midseason form almost. He’s got two months under his belt almost at the Premier League level. Whether or not you’re winning games or scoring goals, it’s coming in fit and doing the business here. DeAndre and I had a good jumpstart in January, a good fitness base, and the play is different. Sometimes, to be honest, you feel there is a little bit of a transition coming back from those camps. You kind of hit a little bit of a lull, from what I’ve experienced over the past few years, for a week or two, but then you feel good coming out of it. There is a transition there, but I think the club feels confident and it’s one where they’ve patted us on the back, saying you got through it healthy and learned what you did there and bring those experiences back to the club team.”

(What do you think you and DeAndre learned about each other?) “I think we built a good relationship. Like I said, you have however many guys on the team, 30 guys, and you’re going to be closer with some guys than you are with others. DeAndre and I, whether it was age difference or just he lived in a different part of town, we weren’t extremely close. We were friends, but something that we learned together is even though we’re battling for the same position in one camp, we’re kind of at opposite ends of the spectrum. I thought that we both handled it well. He handled it like a veteran would and took it as a learning experience and obviously was able to prove enough in the three weeks that he deserved a first cap. Jurgen saw it. So credit to him and putting in the work, but I think we learned both from each other that at the end of the day, we’re both here for the Sounders. He’s going to have the right back spot and I’ll probably be playing right mid, so little things that we can pick up off of each other playing together on the field is what we’ll carry back here.”

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