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 a fixture for 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 quality right back that he earned USMNT call-ups to play in the position as recently as 2016, and he has even filled in at left back. An outspoken and unflinching leader, they don’t come much more honest than Evans.
INTERNATIONAL: Evans has been a standout in spot duty for the USMNT since 2009, including featuring prominently during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying at right back. Evans’ only goal in his 27 caps with the stars and stripes was a doozy: 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. The Arizona native played for the USA at the 2005 Under-20 FIFA World Cup.
COLLEGE: Evans proved himself a capable scorer during his four-year career at UC Irvine by scoring a school record 31 goals. He earned All-American honors during his senior season in 2006.