After a series of sterling displays that have moved him from an outskirts squad player to a sure-fire starter for the United States national team, midfielder turned right back Brad Evans is considering taking the next step in his career and heading to Europe. The Sounders star is in the last year of his contract, and while he would enjoy remaining in Seattle, he said the prospects of Europe are intriguing. “It would have to be a situation where they wanted me and really wanted me to step in and play,” said Evans. “If it comes about, it comes about, but right now I’m focused on being here and hopefully we get something sorted out with the club and I’d be more than happy to spend another three to four years here.”
One thing that sparked his interest was a visit to close friend and US national teammate Sacha Kljestan, who plays for RSC Anderlecht in Belgium. Anderlecht are currently the reigning Belgian Pro League winners and have claimed that title two out of the three years that Kljestan has played there.
A league title also guarantees Kljestan an opportunity to play in the prestigious UEFA Champions League, something that Evans says intrigues him. “He loves it over there, is fully integrated,” Evans said about Kljestan. “That would be a really cool place to play, at Anderlecht. It would be insane. The city itself and the stature of the club. From what he says, the coaches are some of the best he’s ever had. Obviously, you see the talent that Belgium is putting out is ridiculous. They are kinda finding their own style of play like Spain did. All the players have been brought up through the youth system that way and now they are playing that way on the club teams as well.”