Updated Jan 19, 2014 - 3:16 pm
Brad Evans: A Leader The Sounders Desperately Need
The up-and-down 2013 season for the Seattle Sounders FC identified a leadership void. Once keeper Kasey Keller retired after the 2012 campaign, Seattle had no one to step up and fill a glaring gap in the locker room.
Before the start of the 2010 season, there were concerns about Freddie Ljungberg's commitment to the Sounders. Keller confronted the ex-Arsenal midfielder about his comments. They addressed the issue and moved on.
In his time with the Sounders, Keller provided a locker room presence and guidance to deal with Ljungberg and other issues that needed to be dealt with internally.
The 2013 season featured a despondent Eddie Johnson. He created a tense atmosphere and a me-first attitude that resulted in his eventual departure to DC United. Seattle struggled in the last third of the year and exited the playoffs earlier than expected.
Brad Evans (Photo: John Zielonka)
Midfielder Brad Evans is one of the original Sounders after the club acquired him from Columbus in the 2008 Expansion Draft. He played for current Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid when the two were together when the Crew won the 2008 MLS Cup.
Evans has the presence, credibility and gravitas to provide the Sounders with a true leader that it lacked in 2013. The 28-year-old is also one of the most versatile players on the pitch. Despite playing primarily in the midfield, Schmid has called upon Evans to play up front and as a defender.
Evans elevated his game that he is now a strong contender for a defensive spot in the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. In the video below, Evans and Klinsmann shared their thoughts after the mid-June qualifier against Jamaica.
Evans has the right pedigree to be Seattle's captain on and off the pitch in the style of Keller. With the influx of new players after the Sounders cleaned house, he can take over the leadership role and lead the Rave Green to their ultimate goal: the 2014 MLS Cup.
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