Sounders cruise in Champions League opener

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A couple of notes from last night’s match in Seattle, where the Sounders opened their Champions League bid with a comfortable 3-1 win over Caledonia AIA from Trinidad and Tobago.

Brad Evans

Sounders manager had Brad Evans at right back. It’s an interesting move for the midfielder whose career has probably suffered due to his own versatility.

He’s such a smart player, with such a terrific understanding of the game. That gives him the ability to play in different spots, including wide in the midfield, as a holding midfielder, a more advanced central midfielder or as an outside back. (Evans usually organizes the midfield no matter where he’s playing.)

Of course, this is not the first time Evans has manned an outside back spot; he’s even been there previously on the U.S. national team.

It was probably just a temporary thing. On the other hand, the emergence of rookie Andy Rose and Christian Tiffert’s arrival as the Sounders’ newest DP midfielder makes things increasingly crowded around the Sounders’ midfield. Could this be a way to get Schmid’s best 11 on the field?

Attendance

The crowd last night was 7,767, appreciably low for a Sounders match. Pointing out the low number isn’t a criticism. Rather, it’s to say this:

When the lowest of lows at CenturyLink Field still approaches 10,000, it’s more evidence of how great the support is around that town. Because this match-up – a team most domestic fans surely have never heard of – would have been fortunate to draw a legitimate 3,000 in many MLS markets.