Two MLS Cups. Four U.S. Open Cups. Two Supporters’ Shields. That is Seattle Sounder (and former Sporting KC) Brad Evan’s resume. Over 12 years, “Wonder Brad” as he was known, became an original Sounder (in the MLS reboot) and was mainstay from inception to their back-to-back MLS Cup appearances. With stops at Columbus and Kansas City, the 33 year old was an all-time MLS great.
“The last 12 years have been an absolute privilege,” Evans said in a statement provided by Sporting KC. “There are so many teammates, players, coaches and fans who I am excited to thank. I’m extremely proud to have represented Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City and the United States and appreciate every opportunity I have been given.”
The Sheriff began his career in Columbus with coach Sigi Schmid in 2007 and helped guide them to an MLS Cup, the 1st of his 12 trophies—tied for 5th most in MLS history. Less than a week after winning the MLS Cup, both Sigi and Brad would be acquired by the fledgling Seattle Sounders.
With Seattle, Brad would earn legendary status in his 200 starts, 2nd most in franchise history. He would also co-captain the team and be as synonymous with the Rave Green as fellow original Osvaldo Alonso. With the Sounders, Brad would become the catalyst that spurred the Sounders to a near decade of excellence.
Evans would make 27 appearances for the US Men’s National team and became an immediate favorite, a player intent on making his teammates better.
“Brad is a guy who any team would love to have on the field and in the locker room,” Sporting KC defender Graham Zusi said. “His resume and trophy case speaks for itself, but his attitude and ability to bring a group together make him an incredible teammate. I feel lucky to have shared the field with him, even if only for a short period of time.”
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