BY SPNW Staff 12:41PM 01/06/2013

National Team Summons Sounders Johnson, Evans

Sounders players Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans, with 50 caps between them, have been summoned by the U.S. National Team for a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Honduras.

Eddie Johnson, who led the Sounders in scoring last season, has once again been summoned to the U.S. national team. He will be joined by midfielder Brad Evans. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

The Sounders announced Sunday that midfielder Brad Evans and forward Eddie Johnson have been summoned by the U.S. National Team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Honduras as well as a friendly against Canada. The U.S.’s 25-player roster will report to the team’s January camp Monday at the National Training Center in Carson, CA.

Evans, 27, has six caps for the United States. He was called in by the U.S. National Team in January 2012 for friendlies against Venezuela and Panama. His first three appearances for the USMNT came in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with his last competitive match against Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA., July 11, 2009.

Johnson, 28, leads the roster with 44 caps and 14 goals for the United States. He helped the team advance to the final round of qualifying with two goals and one assist in matches against Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala last October. Johnson made his national team debut in 2004, and his call-up last October was his first national team action since 2010.

“There is a tremendous amount of talent in the player pool. We follow these players very carefully, and the group coming in is the next line to challenge the players ahead of them in the National Team,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“This is absolutely a huge opportunity, and we’re looking forward to working with them. We are getting ready for the friendly against Canada, and also the big World Cup qualifier in Honduras, so these are going to be an important few weeks of preparation.”

Evans and Johnson will join the U.S. National Team for a friendly against Canada Jan. 29 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston as well as the first match of the final round of World Cup qualifying Feb. 6 against Honduras at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Evans and Johnson will join Sounders preseason training in February.


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