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Brad Evans fighting for World Cup place

Seattle's Evans has recently returned from injury (©GettyImages)
Seattle's Evans has recently returned from injury (©GettyImages).

This weekend will see the last round of Major League Soccer fixtures before some of the division's elite stars depart for World Cup duty.

Seattle Sounders FC captain Brad Evans has only recently returned from injury, but looks set to be in Jurgen Klinsmann's United States squad.

Players from Honduras and Brazil have already received their call-ups, but the German won't announce his squad until Monday.

Though a midfielder by trade, Evans has featured more recently at right-back for his country, and the 29-year-old is under no illusions about the difficulty of making the plane for Brazil.

He told reporters: "I'm going to be fighting for a roster spot. It probably wasn't a realistic goal until a couple of months ago, where there was a possibility that I'd get called in with this group of 30.

"I still haven't heard official word, and anything can change at any minute, but I'm hoping to get that call for the 30-man roster."

Despite his reservations, Evans confessed that it would be amazing to be called up.

"It would be awesome to represent your country on the world stage. Just to be there at that point isn't enough - I think it's important to prove to yourself that you belong."

Klinsmann spoke earlier in the week about the burden that he carries in having to ensure that he selects the right players for his squad.

"I'm very conscious that this is a big decision. It has a huge impact on the players' lives and the players' futures. You want to be responsible with the decision and discuss it thoroughly with your coaches."

He added: "There's a lot of things that go through your mind because you really want to be sure that you've made the right call."

The 1990 World Cup winner also discussed what his selection process is when it comes to picking a squad for a major tournament.

"There's a lot that you want to cover."

The 49-year-old continued: "You want to make sure that you look at every single player in all sorts of ways - not only what he brings individually to the table and what his strengths and weaknesses are, but also what he brings to the table as a piece of the bigger puzzle."

Klinsmann has a number of tough decisions to make with some of his regulars struggling for form and fitness.

Evans and the Houston Dynamo's Brad Davis have only recently returned to the fold, while young defender Omar Gonzalez will miss the LA Galaxy's clash with the Portland Timbers this weekend.

At the opposite end of the field, DC United's Eddie Johnson and Sunderland's Jozy Altidore have been regulars in recent years, but both have found goals hard to come by this season.

This is in contrast with national team rookie Will Bruin who has been in fine form for the Dynamo, firing six in ten games this campaign.

The squad will play three warm-up friendlies - against Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria - before the final 23-man group is announced.

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Jurgen Klinsmann
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