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2014 (Seattle): Evans appeared in 26 regular season matches, including 22 starts, plus all four MLS Cup Playoff matches and each of the five U.S. Open Cup matches. He made his 150th career MLS appearance at Vancouver (May 24). Against MLS competition, Evans tallied five assists, including three first-half assists against Chivas USA, which tied the MLS record (September 3). The midfielder made his first two career starts at left back versus FC Dallas (May 7) and New England (May 11). Evans scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in a 5-0 route over PSA Elite in the U.S. Open Cup (June 18). In the Second Leg of the Western Conference Championship, Evans scored a goal in the 25th minute. Prior to the World Cup, Evans was called into the United States Men’s National Team 30-man camp. He was named to the MLS Team of the Week in Week 22.
2013 (Seattle): Made 24 appearances and 21 starts in seventh MLS season while balancing consistent National Team duty. Tied career-high with five assists (second on team) and finished tied-fourth on club with four goals. Matched career-high with 37 shots, set previously in 2008. Scored first-half winner in 2-0 win vs. COL (10/30) in Knockout Round of MLS Cup Playoffs. Recorded assist in 2-1 loss vs. POR (11/2) in Western Conference Semifinals. Scored two goals and two assists in three-game stretch vs. CHV (7/28), vs. DAL (8/3), and at TOR (8/10). Became third player in in club history to appear in 100 regular season games at SJ (7/13). Assisted on Obafemi Martis’ game-winner in 2-0 win vs. DC (7/3). Recorded two assists in 4-2 win vs. DAL (5/18), the first mutli-assist game of his career. Scored first goal of season at RSL (3/30). Converted both penalty kicks of season vs. DAL (8/3) and vs. NY (9/29), making him a perfect seven-for-seven in his career. His 94th minute PK vs. DAL (8/3) is tied for the latest goal in club history. Finished the season with five goals and six assists in 30 appearances across all competitions.
2012 (Seattle): Set career-highs in games played and starts (29) in 2012, scoring four goals and four assists. Named MLS Player of the Week for Week 33 after scoring two goals vs. DAL (10/21) and playing multiple defensive positions vs. RSL (10/17). Converted penalty kick in in 2-0 win vs. HOU (3/23), improving to 5/5 in career. Assisted on Fredy Montero’s goal at NY (7/15) and Eddie Johnson’s goal vs. VAN (8/18). Recorded a goal and an assist in 6-2 win at CHV (8/25). Scored twice in CCL play, including the game-winners vs. Santos Laguna (3/7) and at Marathon (9/19).
2011 (Seattle): Came back from a knee injury to play in 20 games, starting 17. Tied a career high with five goals and set a career high with five assists. Scored career-high two goals and added an assist in win over TOR (8/30). Named to MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week vs. TOR (8/30). Team-best 3-3 on penatlies. Second on team with four game-winning assists. Scored equalizing goal with penatly vs. VAN (9/24) in game that clinched Cascadia Cup.
2010 (Seattle): Made 11 starts in 12 appearances, scoring one goal and recording a career-high three assists. Missed second half of season due to a knee injury. Last match was vs. D.C. (6/10). Only goal was the eventual game-winner in the 12th minute of MLS First Kick vs. PHI (3/25).
2009 (Seattle): Started 27 of 29 appearances, including both playoff games, and played 90 minutes in 26 games. Fourth on team in goals with three, including the game-winner in the final home game vs. DAL (10/24). Scored second goal in franchise history vs. NY (3/19).
2008 (Columbus): Played in 26 games with 18 starts for the MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew. Started and played 90 minutes in all four playoff games. Scored five goals and added one assist during regular season play, finishing fourth on team in scoring. Scored first MLS goal, the game-winner at SJ (5/10).
2007 (Columbus): Selected in the second round of the SuperDraft (15th overall) by Columbus. Appeared in four games, starting one. Made first career start at NY (5/19). Made MLS debut vs. NY (4/7). Started all four reserve division appearances.
Earned 16 caps with senior U.S. National Team. Became the regular at right back for USMNT in 2014 World Cup Qualifying, starting nine of 10 appearances and logging 774 minutes in 2013. Scored the latest game-winner in USMNT qualifying history with 92nd minute goal in 2-1 win at Jamaica (6/7). First three caps came during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Made USA debut in Seattle as a substitute vs. Grenada (7/4) and made first start, at right back, vs. Haiti in Philadelphia (7/12). Last call in was for the February 2010 friendly with El Salvador, playing the full 90 minutes at right fullback. Member of U.S. U-20 National Team, coach by Sigi Schmid, that finished 11th at the 2005 World Youth Championships in Holland.
Scored a school-record 31 goals during his four years for UC Irvine. Also graduated as Anteaters’ career leader in game-winning goals (10) and total points (73). Most decorated player in school history, earning Big West Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 and All-America as a senior. All-Big West his final three seasons.
Evans is the son of Dawn and Tim Grippando, and he has one brother and two sisters. He is married to Becky. He held a cooking session with Seattle fans in 2011. An accomplished outdoorsman, Evans enjoys hiking and fishing.