Besides the franchise’s success, Sounders FC players are getting some national attention.
The U.S. National Team has called in midfielder Brad Evans and defender Jeff Parke for a training camp that will run through Jan. 26 in the U.S. and Panama.
The camp began Tuesday in Phoenix and will move to the national training center in Carson, CA., from Jan. 13-20. The U.S. hosts Venezuela Jan. 21 in Glendale, AZ., and goes to Panama City to face Panama Jan. 25.
Evans, 26, has four international caps. He was last called in by USMNT for a February 2010 friendly with El Salvador, playing the full 90 minutes at right fullback. His first three appearances came during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Evans is a native of Phoenix.
Now entering his sixth MLS season, Evans had five goals and five assists for the Sounders FC in 2011. He appeared in 20 MLS regular season matches, starting 17.
Parke, 29, has his first national call-in after seven MLS season. He was the Sounders’ defender of the year, starting 28 league matches (38 in all competitions), scoring one goal.