HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Sounders FC with the 10th pick of the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft
Nobody embodies the mantra of flexibility quite like Brad Evans, who clawed his way up to become the Sounders FC through dogged on-field work and a memorable personality. Evans began his career as a midfielder, but he’s played just about everywhere except forward since joining the team (and scoring) in its first ever MLS match in 2009. Evans has proven to be a capable center back, a good enough right back that Jurgen Klinsmann played him there for the USMNT as recently as 2016, and has even filled in at left back. An outspoken and unflinching leader, they don’t come much more honest than Evans.
INTERNATIONAL: Evans and Seattle coach Sigi Schmid go back to the 2005 U20 World Cup together, but Evans has been a standout in spot duty for the USMNT since 2009, most lately as a right back. Evans’ only goal in his more than 20 caps with the stars and stripes was a doozy, though. In 2013, Evans scored a winner against Jamaica in the second minute of added time to solidify the team’s qualifying position for the 2014 World Cup.
COLLEGE: Evans proved himself a capable scorer during his four-year career at UC Irvine by scoring a school record 31 goals and amassing 73 career points, more than anyone in school history. He earned All-American honors during his senior season in 2006.