Tuscon, Ariz.- Sporting KC have a lot of question marks across the backline where depth is concerned. They just answered them with a saavy MLS Veteran addition in Brad Evans.
Brad Evans was a free agent after spending nine seasons with the Seattle Sounders. It was clear he had been pushedout of the picture in Seattle as they went through last season. That, combined with his injury effectively ended his long term tenure in Seattle. Now, Evans joins up with people he’s been able to respect from afar, and help their own push for trophies.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to join Sporting Kansas City and help the club pursue championships,” Evans said. “This is an exciting new chapter in my career and I can’t wait to play in front of an amazing fan base at Children’s Mercy Park.”
Sporting KC have always had the ambition to seek trophies. This offseason they’ve spent a lot of money to bring in quality players to help that ambition come to fruition. Brad Evans may not be as flashy as the other signings, nor is he the “number nine” that most Sporting KC fans have been pining for. But he is the exact depth signing that Sporting KC need to help pursue trophies over the long haul. Evans can play all three spots on the backline and would do admirably in a backup role.
Sporting KC’s backline duo of Matt Besler and Ike Opara stuck for most games, with Kevin Ellis making minimal appearances. After Ellis and the team mutually agreed to stay away from eachother, Erik Palmer-Brown filled in for Besler while he was away with the National Team.
Now with both of those options gone, they still had two massive question marks behind Opara and Besler.
On top of that, with an aging Graham Zusi and the departure of Saad Abdul-Salaam, 17-year-old Jaylin Lindsey was the only other option behind Zusi. Lindsey has shown promising signs in pre-season, but still may not be ready for big playing time yet.
Evans’ deal with Sporting KC is good for one year, with an option for 2019.