Sounders defender Brad Evans, celebrating his 31st birthday on Wednesday, said that he's still wearing a protective shoulder brace "but this is more just a confidence thing."

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Sounders defender Brad Evans, celebrating his 31st birthday on Wednesday, said that he’s still wearing a protective shoulder brace “but this is more just a confidence thing.”

Evans injured his left shoulder toppling over Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer in last month’s season-opener, missing two matches before returning for the Montreal win.

“This way, they can’t say, ‘Well why weren’t you wearing your brace?’ That’s something I’ve heard before,” Evans said. “Making sure I have all the bases covered. I feel normal playing with it, so I’ll keep it on until I feel 1,000 percent.”