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February 5, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Sigi Schmid: Brad Evans “is an option at center back”

Seattle’s Lamar Neagle, who started at forward, and Darwin Jones, who played left wing, weren’t the only players trying on unfamiliar roles on for size when the Sounders topped UCLA 5-0 in a preseason friendly on Wednesday night.

Brad Evans, occasional outside back and more often midfielder, got the start alongside Chad Marshall in the center of defense. And based on what Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said in a phone interview on Thursday afternoon, the change in position might be more than just a one-time experiment.

“For me, Brad is an option at center back,” Schmid said.

Schmid acknowledged that it would likely take Evans some time to pick up the nuance of the position, but said the veteran has the skill set to thrive in defense.

“His organization is good, his passing out of the back is good, his understanding with Chad Marshall is good,” Schmid said.

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