South African defender Evans on trial with Colorado
Commerce City, Colo. - South African left back Brett Evans completed his first week on trial with the Colorado Rapids by taking part in an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday morning at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
"I was playing back home in South Africa and looking for a new team as my contract was up," Evans told ColoradoRapids.com. "I'm very happy to be here, and hoping to leave an impression and hopefully I can be wearing the Rapids jersey one day."
Evans, who recently turned 30, has played his entire 13-year career with Ajax Cape Town, where he appeared in over 300 matches.
"(Ajax) has been my team my entire career, and it's a pitty to leave," he said. "But I'm looking for something new, a new challenge. Hopefully this is the chance I can get."
He has also played at every level for South Africa, including 10 caps with the senior team. His most recent appearance for the Bafana Bafana was in 2008 in the lead up to his country hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Rapids coach Oscar Pareja has used both Luis Zapata and Hunter Freeman at left back through the first 15 games. He's also used Freeman and Kosuke Kimura at right back.
"We are all competing for our spot," he said following Wednesday's loss to San Jose. "It’s not just Luis (Zapata) who is competing for one spot."
With the team getting the weekend off, it is unclear how long Evans will remain on trial.