DAVID SMITH - Friday, January 16, 2015
The US Soccer Federation announced two more changes to the January camp roster on Friday, sending one injured veteran home while welcoming a returning starter back from his European adventure.
Seattle Sounders midfielder and team captain Brad Evans was released from the camp on Friday morning after being diagnosed with tendonitis in his left knee. The longtime MLS veteran was looking to add to his 17 appearances for the senior team, but will instead rest and recover ahead of the upcoming MLS campaign.
Evans was a regular in head coach Jürgen Klinsmann's squad during qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, making five appearances and scoring one goal. He was, however, left out of the final squad, and has not suited up for the senior team since a friendly game against South Korea in February 2014.
Replacing Evans at the camp is the team's usual starting striker Jozy Altidore, who just completed his move back to MLS from English Premier League team Sunderland.
Altidore ended what had been a disastrous season and a half at the club by swapping places with Toronto striker Jermain Defoe, and was unveiled as the team's newest Designated Player headed into the 2015 season.
The former New York Red Bull endured and up and down 2014 for the national team, locking down the starting striker spot heading into the World Cup, but managing to play only 23 minutes after being forced out of their first game against Ghana with a hamstring injury.
He did bounce back in the series of fall friendly games, scoring a pair of goals to bring his career tally to 25 in 76 games.