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January 4, 2012
Sounders pair invited by U.S.

CHICAGO--- - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans and defender Jeff Parke to the January training camp roster.

The duo, which was part of the squad that captured the 2011 U.S. Open Cup championship, traveled to Phoenix Wednesday to join the 20-player roster that is preparing for upcoming friendlies against Venezuela and Panama.

The camp began January 3 in Phoenix and moves to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. from January 13-20. The U.S. will host Venezuela on January 21 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. On January 25 the U.S. faces Panama in Panama City.

Evans, 26, has four international caps. He was last called in by the USMNT for the February 2010 friendly with El Salvador, playing the full 90 minutes at right fullback. His first three appearances came during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Evans is a native of Phoenix.

Now entering his sixth MLS season, Evans scored five goals and added five assists for the Sounders FC in 2011. He appeared in 20 MLS regular season matches, starting 17.

This will be Parke's first national team call-in. The 29-year-old center back is a veteran of seven MLS seasons. Parke was Seattle's 2011 Defender of the Year and started 28 league matches (38 in all competitions), scoring one goal.

Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) and George John (FC Dallas) both were given approval to withdraw from the roster prior to the start of camp in order to deal with club-related matters.

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