Evans, Parke replace John, Gonzalez in USMNT camp

Brad Evans and Jeff Parke

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Brad Evans and Jeff Parke have been added to Jurgen Klinsmann’s 20-man US national team camp, US Soccer announced on Wednesday evening.

The Seattle Sounders duo will take the place of center backs Omar Gonzalez and George John, who were given approval to withdraw from camp to deal with club-related matters. No further information was provided.

Evans and Parke traveled to Phoenix on Wednesday to join up with the national team in preparation for its friendlies against Venezuela on Jan. 21 in Glendale, Ariz., and Panama on Jan. 25 in Panama City.

Midfielder Evans (above, at left), a Phoenix native, returns to the US fold for the first time since a 2-1 friendly victory over El Salvador in February of 2010. His other three senior-team caps came at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Center back Parke (above, right), meanwhile, received his first national team call-up.

Klinsmann’s first January camp in charge of the USMNT opened in Phoenix on Wednesday and then shifts to the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from Jan. 13-20 before returning to Arizona for the Venezuela match.