Sounders FC’s Brad Evans spoke to reporters after Thursday’s practice, his first local interview since he was told last week by coach Jurgen Klinsmann that he wouldn’t be on the U.S. national team’s World Cup roster.
So was it difficult for him to watch Tuesday’s friendly against Azerbaijan?
“To be honest, it is what it is,” Evans said in the interview available at SoundersFC.com. “I watch the games and I root as a fan now. Obviously it’s a tough pill to swallow, but I mean things happen and you just move on.”
The Seattle captain was also asked if it was tough situation being in competition with club teammate DeAndre Yedlin for a spot on the team. It’s a question he’s been asked before, but never in the context of Yedlin being on the 23-man roster and him being left off.
“Yeah, truthfully, I played that position with that team for a whole year, and then he played two games with the national team, and then he’s there right now — so that’s a little bit baffling,” Evans said. “But at the same time, they saw something in him that they didn’t see in me. So it’s a coach’s decision.
“It’s not just one person making those decisions, it’s a group. How the group comes together, maybe there’s a better fit there. I’ve read tidbits here and there, maybe he comes on as a wide winger late in games to play the ball in behind and use his speed. He got good minutes last game, Tuesday night, and played well. So it is what it is. I can’t change anybody’s decision. But first and foremost, I’m a fan of the team now. I’m always going to root on my teammates no matter what the situation is.”
Here is video of the interview: