Watch: Maurice Edu induces own goal from fellow USMNT WC hopeful Brad Evans
Especially in an atmosphere like CenturyLink Field, and especially on a wet, sloppy pitch, MLS teams will take goals however they can get them. Philadelphia Union midfielder Maurice Edu benefitted from a bounce off his back early in the game against the Sounders to put his team up a goal.
Edu, who has been off the United States national team's radar until his transfer back to MLS sparked a renaissance in his play, won't get credit for the finish. Instead, the official statistics read that Brad Evans scored an own goal, as the ball nicked him on the way through, but Edu's pressure in the aerial duel is what caused the opportunity.
Watch the goal, on a Union free kick, here:
Evans made his full return from a calf injury on Saturday, making Seattle's starting 11 for the first time since March 15. He didn't displace DeAndre Yedlin at right back, which is where he has been appearing for the U.S., but played in a more advanced role on the right wing. Recently, Evans played right back at training and in reserve matches for the Sounders, helping him stay sharp for a potential call-up to the U.S. team for the World Cup.