For Seattle Sounders FC, Brad Evans is a midfielder, recently moved from center-mid to the outside.
But to CosmoGirl.com, Evans is “Eye Candy” – a feature that spotlights him as one of the best-looking players in MLS.
Asked Tuesday about his selection, Evans initially said he was randomly selected. But actually, he was chosen by the Sounders’ media-relations department after each of the league’s 15 teams was asked to select one good-looking young player from its roster.
Once selected, Evans was asked to pose on a bench amid the trees of Fort Dent Park in Tukwila near the Sounders’ training facility.
The picture – Evans smiling in jacket and jeans – appears at the CosmoGirl site, which bills itself as “the ultimate teen site for games, beauty, fashion, horoscopes, quizzes and more.”
The headline promoting the online feature reads: “Sexy soccer studs.”
“It’s pretty embarrassing,” said Evans, who turned 24 on Monday. “It’s pretty funny. I hope it doesn’t get out too much.”
Too late. Evans admits to receiving “some text messages” about his selection. And stories on the CosmoGirl feature have appeared on the MLSnet.com site, in The New York Times soccer blog and several Sounders blogs.
Embarrassment aside, Evans sees some good in that.
“Any publicity for the league is good publicity,” he said. “If it starts there on the Web, the more publicity the better. You grow the attention. … It’s all in good fun.”
Evans also has drawn recent attention on the pitch. He is one of four Sounders to have played every minute of this season’s three wins and two losses. But he was recently shifted from center-mid to the outside to accommodate Freddie Ljungberg’s move into Seattle’s starting midfield.
Evans took that in stride as well.
“I’m pretty comfortable playing in the center of the park,” he said. “… But when you have Freddie Ljungberg in the middle you can’t complain. … It’s all about the team.”
The Sounders reserves played a 1-1 draw against the University of Washington at Starfire on Tuesday. Seattle’s goal came on an early penalty kick by Sebastien Le Toux. … Coach Sigi Schmid said he hasn’t decided on lineup changes for San Jose’s visit Saturday, other than returning Kasey Keller to starting goalkeeper now that he served his red-card suspension.
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