Former USMN team player and Seattle Sounders team captain Brad Evans retired from professional soccer Monday. Evans spent the last two years with Sporting Kansas City. Evans made 255 career MLS appearances over 12 seasons in MLS – nine with Seattle – recording 28 goals and 31 assists (including postseason).
He leaves the league as a two-time MLS Cup champion (2008, 2016), a four-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion (2009-2011, 2014) and a two-time Supporters’ Shield winner (2008, 2014), having represented Columbus Crew SC (2007-2008), Sounders FC (2009-2017) and Sporting KC (2018). He also earned 27 caps for the United States Men’s National Team.
“The last 12 years have been an absolute privilege, and there are so many teammates, players, coaches and fans who I am excited to thank,” Evans said. “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. Although my playing career has ended, I look forward to keeping the special relationships I’ve made throughout my time in Major League Soccer.
Including playoffs, Evans recorded 28 goals and 31 assists in 255 career MLS appearances as a defender and midfielder. His eight major trophies as an MLS player are tied for the fifth-most in league history.
“Brad was an excellent professional during his time with us and throughout his career,” Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. “He was a great player and teammate who strengthened the culture of every club he played for, and we have tremendous respect for everything he has accomplished. We are sad to see him retire, but Brad can be extremely proud of the impact he has made on and off the field at every stage of his career.”
A number of Evans’ teammates, coaches and executives in Seattle offered their remarks on the former captain’s career.
SOUNDERS FC OWNER ADRIAN HANAUER “Brad Evans is one of the great Sounders from any era of our club’s history. From being selected in the Expansion Draft, to starting our first-ever match in MLS and helping our club to multiple titles over nine seasons, Brad has left an indelible mark on the Seattle soccer community. We would like to join with the rest of the soccer world today in wishing him congratulations on an exemplary career, one that made a major difference to our club and all Sounders fans.
” SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER “There are players that come around every once in a while that develop a really special connection with supporters, and Brad was that guy for us during his time in Seattle. Whether it was his unselfish playing style, his workmanlike attitude every day in training or his tireless work in the community, Brad was always a first-class representative of the Seattle Sounders. I’d like to join our organization in congratulating him on a successful career.
” SOUNDERS FC SPORTING DIRECTOR & VICE PRESIDENT OF SOCCER CHRIS HENDERSON “I’d like to congratulate Brad on a terrific career and thank him for everything he did for the Sounders organization. He was a great pro and spokesman for the club, and his personality gave him a unique ability to connect with our fans. On top of that, he always delivered on the pitch and was an extremely unselfish player, as shown in how many positions he played at a high level for us throughout the years. I’m excited to see what Brad has planned for the next chapter of his life.
” SOUNDERS FC DEFENDER CHAD MARSHALL “It’s been an absolute honor to call Brad Evans a teammate and friend over the last 12 years. He is a consummate professional and captain in every sense of the word. Every locker room and lineup was better with Brad in it. Congratulations on a fantastic career and best of luck in your next chapter.
” SOUNDERS FC GOALKEEPER STEFAN FREI “Brad always had such a veteran presence in the locker room. His blunt, sarcastic sense of humor kept people on their toes, like a rookie who just signed his professional contract – good times. But people listened when he had something to say and everyone valued his opinion. I wish you all the best in your next adventure, B-Rad.
” SOUNDERS FC BROADCAST ANALYST & FORMER GOALKEEPER KASEY KELLER “Brad and I played together early in his career in Seattle, where he was always a good pro and reliable teammate. He’s a versatile, unselfish player who always knew where to be, and he was a big part of our early success in MLS and three U.S. Open Cup titles, in addition to being an important piece for the national team in 2014 World Cup qualification. It’s a shame that he suffered some injuries that didn’t allow his playing days to continue, but that takes nothing away from the excellent career that he had.”