MNT Jan 7, 2012
Brad Evans was certainly a hit at Friday night's Q&A session at Official U.S. Soccer Bar Tim Finnegan's Irish Pub, answering questions and sharing stories for more than an hour about rising from a club player in Arizona to the U.S. National Team.
The local fans were particularly interested in his thoughts about player development in the state and how more kids can reach the elite levels in the sport. Evans spoke eloquently about growing up playing in the youth system in Phoenix, and his days at Mountain Pointe High School, and ideas on how to move the sport forward.
Amongst the crowd were some transplanted fans from Ohio who followed Brad and the Columbus Crew when they won the 2008 MLS Cup, and a local whose best friend is a Sounders fan and sent him to the bar to get Brad's autograph. Oh, and Brad's mom and family were there too!
Brad talked about winning the MLS Cup, the amazing fans in Seattle, and the special feeling from so many games there from opening day to Keller's send-off match. And then there was this gem:
"One day I got called and asked to come play with Orange County Blue Star, a PDL team in Southern California. I'm out there trying to mark this tall, thin forward, and every time I try to find he's move to a different spot. In and out - the guy was just everywhere. Afterwards, I'm thinking 'who the heck is this guy'?
That guy, of course, is now his coach for the U.S. Men's National Team.
Thanks to everyone who came out. Brad had an awesome time!