Seattle defender Brad Evans has cleared concussion protocol just days after taking a shot to the head during Seattle's 2-1 loss at New England.
Sounders defender Brad Evans has cleared concussion protocol and will be available for Wednesday night’s match at D.C. United, just days after taking a shot to the head and being substituted out in the first half of Seattle’s 2-1 loss at New England.
“He got hit in the head with the ball and was a little bit woozy,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said Tuesday after practice in the nation’s capital. “We’ve always wanted to err on the side of caution in those moments. … But he felt better that evening.
“We put him through all the caution protocol, the regular procedure, and he’s cleared everything. He should be good to go for Wednesday.”
Evans’ expedient recovery is good news for a back line that has been without starting center back Chad Marshall for the past two games due to a hamstring strain.
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Seattle has lost three in a row and sits seven points out of the Western Conference playoff berths. It travels back to the East Coast on the other side of the upcoming, two-week Copa America Centenario break for a matchup with the red-hot Red Bulls. So while the Sounders might not need a “miracle” to pull out a win at RFK Stadium, as defender Zach Scott darkly put it after the Revolution loss, they could certainly use the points.
D.C. is coming off an unexpectedly inconvenient road trip to Kansas City, during which they were stranded overnight in Chicago and overcame both a delayed start and severe weather delay to knock off Sporting 1-0.
This is a typically no-frills Ben Olsen United team. D.C. has scored just 14 goals — fewer than any Eastern Conference team save Chicago — but has also allowed just 14, which is tied for the best mark in the East. Former Sounder Lamar Neagle, who was traded to D.C. this past offseason for allocation money, is tied for the DCU team lead in assists with three to go along with two goals.