Sounders called up by national teams for World Cup qualifier
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The MLS season is still weeks away, but a FIFA World Cup qualifier Wednesday between the U.S. men’s national team and Honduras could see up to three Sounders in big-game action.
Forward Eddie Johnson and midfielder Brad Evans were called up to the U.S. team by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the federation announced Monday. They’ll face their Seattle teammate, Mario Martinez, who will be on the Honduran squad for the 1 p.m. game in his hometown of San Pedro Sula.
Wednesday marks the first of six games in the final round of qualifying for countries in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The top three of six remaining teams — the U.S., Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and Jamaica — will advance to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The selections of Johnson (tied for second in U.S. history with 10 goals in qualifying) and Martinez were no surprise, based on their national-team participation in recent months.
Evans, on the other hand, has never played in a World Cup qualifier, but he appeared to benefit from his versatility. The 27-year-old played as a right back for the U.S. in the second half of last week’s exhibition against Canada and is listed as a defender on the national team’s 24-man roster (only 23 will dress for the game).
Klinsmann said Monday that Evans “had a very, very impressive three-and-a-half weeks” in the national team’s January training camp.
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