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Sounders' Evans gets call to join U.S. team

When Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans first heard the U.S. national team was playing a July 4 game at Qwest Field, he hoped he might know someone who could get him tickets.

Now, he may be playing instead of sitting in the stands after being called up to join the national team.

“You see the schedule come out months and months ago, and it’s kind of exciting,” Evans said after Sounders practice Thursday. “You expect maybe some guys on the roster can get you some tickets. (Now,) maybe I’ll be getting some guys some tickets, as well. It’s nothing but good vibes.”

Evans has started 14 games for the Sounders and ranks second in minutes played. He has scored two goals and has an assist.

He was a member of the U.S. under-20 team, but this is his first callup to the men’s national team. He is scheduled to join the team Tuesday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila – the normal Sounders’ training site – as preparations begin for the USA’s CONCACAF Gold Cup opening match against Granada.

The Sounders have a third-round U.S. Open Cup game Wednesday in Portland, and Evans is unsure which team he will be with that day.

“You’d like to play for your club, but you play as well as you can for your club to get recognized by your country,” he said. “Unfortunately, our season falls in line with qualifications and tournaments like this in the summertime. … You deal with it.”

Evans is one of 23 players called in for Gold Cup duty. Eighteen will be in uniform on game day.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to pull on a national team jersey in that game,” he said.

The doubleheader will pair Honduras-Haiti at 4 p.m. and USA-Granada at 6 p.m. Only the lower bowl will be open. Tickets are available through TicketMaster or at www.goldcup.org.

After that opener, the U.S. team will play Honduras in Washington, D.C., on July 8, and Haiti at Foxborough, Mass. on July 11. The top two finishers in each of three four-team groups, along with the two best third-place teams, will advance to the quarterfinals July 18 and 19 at Philadelphia and Dallas, respectively. Semifinals will be July 23 in Chicago. The Gold Cup final is July 26 in East Rutherford, N.J.

Sounders defender Tyrone Marshall has been called up for the Jamaican team.

“It’s one of those feelings that’s overwhelming sometimes when you don the national team jersey,” Marshall said. “... You always want to go out and play well.”

Added time

Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani left practice Thursday after suffering an apparent ankle injury. ... The Sounders’ 1 p.m. Sunday game against Colorado at Qwest Field will overlap the end of the Confederations Cup final between the USA and Brazil. So, to try to help conflicted fans, the Sounders have decided to show the Cup final on the Qwest Field video screens, stop the show when the MLS game begins, and then pick up with the remainder of the Cup final at the conclusion of the Sounders’ game. ... The club waived forward Kevin Forrest, who was signed March 24 but didn’t play in any MLS games. He did score the lone goal in Seattle’s win over Colorado in a U.S. Open Cup play-in game May 26.

Don Ruiz, 253-597-8808

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.com

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