Brad Evans Steps Up at Unfamiliar Position
Normally a midfielder, Brad Evans got the start at right back against Germany Sunday afternoon. He played a key role in the U.S. Men's National Team's 4-3 upset of the Germans.
June 4, 2013
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U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann hasn’t been afraid to put players in the ‘cold water’ to see how they handle challenging situations. On Sunday afternoon, Brad Evans showed Klinsmann and the U.S. Men’s National Team exactly what they wanted to see.
In the 4-3 victory against Germany, Evans got the start at right back – a position he has rarely played – and looked comfortable against a German attack boasting two of the top strikers in the world.
"He has the vision, he has the technique, he's strong and good in one-on-ones,” Klinsmann said of the talented utility player. “And he doesn't shy away from overlapping as well. We trained the last couple days and I saw that he was ready for it."
Evans plays many different positions for the Sounders, and played in central midfield for the U.S. against Canada in January, before moving to right back in the second half.
When called upon against Germany, he showed up in a big way, anchoring a back line that held German striker Miroslav Klose to just one shot in 80 minutes of play.
Even vocal goalkeeper Tim Howard was pleased at the way Evans helped to shut down the powerful German offense.
"I thought he was good today,” said Howard. “It was impressive. I was happy for him and happy for me because he locked it down over there."
Right back has been in the capable hands of three-time World Cup veteran Steve Cherundolo for much of the last decade, but injuries to he and Timmy Chandler left the U.S. without a natural choice at right back.
Geoff Cameron has performed well in that role in the last three matches, but Klinsmann – never afraid to shake things up – handed Evans the opportunity.
While he was pleased with his effort overall, he admittedly is continuing to try to get a feel for the position.
“You watch tape and see what you can do better, and I’m still learning the position first and foremost,” said Davis. “By no means do I know the position yet, but I try to use what I know in the midfield and playing out wide in that position.”
Sunday was just the 10th cap for the 28-year-old Arizona native, who now has provided Klinsmann with another card he can play when filling out the lineup sheet. And after his performance against Germany, he may very well be hearing his name called once again.
"This gives us now a good option,” Klinsmann said. “The ability is there and he took his chance, simple as that."