BY SPNW Staff 09:41PM 06/07/2013

Sounders’ Evans Rescues U.S. in Cup Qualifier

Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans saved the U.S. Men’s National Team from a late-match collapse by scoring a last-minute goal Friday night in a 2-1 road win over Jamaica in a critical World Cup qualifier. Forward Jermaine Beckford shocked the Americans (2-1-1) with a goal in the 89th minute to knot the match at 1-1, but Evans scored in the second minute of stoppage time to seal the dramatic victory.

Evans streaked unguarded past the Jamaican defense, received a pass from teammate Michael Bradley and spun past two defenders before slipping the winner past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

One of the final players chosen to attend the U.S. camp, Evans made his inaugural start at right back Friday after impressing Klinnsman in a 4-3 win over Germany in a friendly earlier in the week. The goal was his first in international competition and gave the U.S. seven points in its World Cup qualifying pool.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said Thursday in an interview with mls.com he expects Evans to be away from MLS action for at least a month. He won’t play for Seattle Saturday night when the Sounders face the Vancouver Whitecaps, but will return home with the national team to face Panama at CenturyLink Field Tuesday. The third game in the 12-day run is June 18 against Honduras.


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