It happened on August 23 of 2011. A team of mainly reserves (this isn't hyperbole) went down to Monterrey, Mexico and pulled off a 1-nil win. That Seattle Sounders side faced a fairly standard Rayados lineup. They won. It was an upset, but the stakes were not high. It damaged the mystique, but was not an advancement in a knockout stage.
With a break in action for the Sounders (they had a real weekend off, well most of them) and
recent updates to www.SoundersFC.com and their stats pages here's an update on the Points Per 90
(or Offensive Productivity) for the team in 2012. At Sounder at Heart we include the knockout
stages of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions league in this year rather than last as the Sounders
As I was leaving the game last night, I passed by a woman on the street who gave me an
interested look. I smiled back. She asked me, "Who won?" I was, to be honest, a bit
Who won? I honestly did not know.
It took me a few seconds to realize she was talking about the scoreline--as if a friendly like
this could be boiled down to a mere goals for and goals against.
By JOHN BOSCHINI
The new faces of Chelsea were on full display Wednesday night as forwardÂ Romelu Lukaku scored
twice in a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Sounders to open Chelsea's American tour.
For the Sounders, the loss on the night was overshadowed by the retirement of Roger Levesque,
who made his final appearance for Seattle after an impressive career with the Sounders.
A first half that showed spark and offensive flow as Chelsea beat the Seattle Sounders 4-2. All
six goals were finished in that half, while the second half was full of waves of subs for both
sides. Both Fredy Montero and Romelu Lukaku slotted two home, while Marko Marin earned a goal and
assist. Chelsea's other goal was from signee Eden Hazard.
Tonight's game is about pomp, circumstance, crowds, evangelism and practice. It is not, nor is
any friendly about who wins (ok, USA-Mexico is). This Wednesday night's 6:30 PM
nationally-televised game between Chelsea FC and the Seattle Sounders FC will be a display of joy
and passion. It will be a celebration of soccer history in Seattle that starts with a Roger Davies
Golden Scarf ceremony and ends with Roger Levesque saying goodbye from the pitch.
Back in the dark ages of US Soccer after the fall of the NASL there were several players who
would help pull American soccer out of a multi-decade funk. For all the style and glamour of the
original NASL, it didn't directly contribute to national team success. A handful of players that
were responsible for that are in town this week to see how different things can be in two
We all see a little bit of ourselves in Roger Levesque, or at least see something we'd like to
see in ourselves. He's gregarious, approachable, quick-witted, down-to-earth, generous with his
time, humble ... the list goes on. If there's a positive quality to describe someone, you can
probably attach it to him.
Seattle Sounders Vs. Chelsea: Team News & Preview - We Ain't Got No History
A preview from the other side. Kind words said about one Roger Levesque. Also projected lineups
for both sides.
Roger Levesque was many things during his nine-year career as a member of the Seattle Sounders.
Boring was not one of them. He was as generous with his time as any player and was always good for
a quote when you needed one. It's hard to imagine he'll ever be surpassed in terms of
We probably all saw a little of ourselves in him and would like to believe that we would have
behaved the same way if we were to ever become professional athletes.
Roger Levesque will officially sail off into the sunset following the Seattle Sounders' friendly
against Chelsea on Wednesday. The official announcement comes on the heals of Seattle Times
columnist Steve Kelley breaking the news a night earlier.
"I would like to thank the Sounders organization for giving me the opportunity to play
professionally for the past nine years," Levesque said in the team release.
Photo by ISIphotos.com
One of the Emerald City Supporters' favorite players is stepping away from the game.
Roger Levesque will retire after Wednesday's friendly against Chelsea, according to The Seattle
Times, ending a nine-year career spent mostly with the Sounders, both in USL and MLS.
As most of their teammates were packing and getting ready to leave for Wednesday's road game
against Real Salt Lake, a group of eight continued to kick the ball around at the training
Osvaldo Alonso was the most obvious, as normally he'd be getting ready to take the trip. He was
joined by assistant coach Kurt Schmid; recently signed defender Daniel Steres; seldom-used players
likes Michael Seamon, Michael Tetteh; veteran Roger Levesque; and forward Sammy Ochoa.
The Sounder's league record over the past 8 games has left their fan base frustrated and
reeling. No one associated with the franchise is happy right now. A string of four losses and four
draws in league play doesn't inspire confidence nor does it meet the lofty expectations everyone
holds for the franchise.
Open Cups are funny little things. Even when it is two MLS sides facing each other, the MLS
stats just don't matter. While the San Jose Earthquakes are the class of the league right now and
the Seattle Sounders are in a slide, the pace of matches, lineup changes and quirky stadium mean
that the bearing of league results to the knockout is unknowable.
It's a bit of an odd week for both us and the Seattle Sounders. While, ideally, we'd be entirely
focused on Sunday's game against the Portland Timbers, there are some other matters that need to be
The first topic of conversation is last Saturday's awful loss to the Montreal Impact.
This Wednesday marks the 14th game of the season for KC, and the final game against the Western
Conference. KC has already played 8 of the 9 teams in the West and will finalize that part of the
season with the trip back to the Pacific Northwest. KC close out the Western Conference playing the
Sounders at Century Link Field tomorrow.
Seattle is in a very tough patch of MLS play. In their last five league games a 0-3-2 record
with a negative six goal differential have watched them fall from a clear first tier team in the SB
Nation MLS Power Rankings with an average ranking of 2.26 to one that could be out of the top six.
Once the dominant team in Sagarin they are now ranked 8th.
This will not be a fun one to break down, but maybe it will be educational. The Seattle Sounders
have certainly turned in some less-than-glorious performances over the years, but this may well be
the worst. The team looked sluggish from the outset, didn't seem to find the game until they were
already trailing and only came alive after going down 3-0.
Seattle and Portland had the honor of closing the MLS weekend in Seattle in front of ESPN's cameras and 66,000 fans. It doesn't matter if Portland's season is effectively over, they lead the Cascadia Cup coming into tonight's match and a win against Seattle will always cover up few of this season's shortcomings.
Remember that video I recently shared of the two goals the Sounder scored against the Whitecaps?
Apparently, that was just the tip of the iceberg of offerings from LEVYfilms. The masterpiece of
their Seattle Sounders collection is this short film titled "Soccer City, USA: A Glimpse of What is
Last night's game against Chelsea FC was sold as a celebration of soccer. And it sure felt like
it. With the pressure off, the Sounders' offense showed the same spark against Chelsea that they
have when they have been at their best this season. Fredy Montero scored two very well-taken goals,
showing a striker's determination to get on the score sheet.
For the regular fan a "big club" like Chelsea or Barcelona come to town it is an exciting event.
In the Sounders inaugural MLS season there were three extra matches for season ticket holders, one
was for the MLS Cup, the other two were later announced to be Barcelona & Chelsea.
Obviously the appeal of successful European sides is compelling enough for Seattle fans to fight
mid-week traffic and it helps to build the relevance of MLS and helps gain exposure for the league
and for players that may be looking to leave MLS for Europe.
When Chelsea was announced as Sounders exhibition match, the reaction seemed a measured sigh of
disappointment with the exception of Chelsea fans. Despite winning the UEFA Champions League
Chelsea was not a draw. Chelsea had been to Seattle in 2009, and with the notable exception of
Didier Drogba, Chelsea remain much the same side.
Normally when getting three questions the answers I submit seem like things our readers already
know. But yesterday, one of the questions was about David Estrada, his injury and how his loss
would affect the starting lineup. And that gets kind of intriguing, because while Estrada isn't a
"starter" he starts a lot and is nearly assured to get minutes in which he doesn't.
Wednesday night will be a bittersweet send off for Roger Levesque. The Sounder's own version of
a SeaFair Pirate is retiring after the Chelsea match. Roger epitomizes the heart of this team and
he will be missed. But as we reflect on his departure, it is also true that his retirement is an
adjustment to the Sounders roster.
Every once in a while, the performance of one player can define an entire game, and mark an
entire season. Yesterday afternoon, in Harrison, Adam Johansson showed everyone what Seattle has
been missing for two months, with a pair of assists and a crucial goal-line clearance. They were
his first appearances on the score sheet for the Rave Green.
How often does Chelsea agree to come by for your going away party? How often will a man be able to be the hype man against his arch-rival. Roger Levesque's 2012 will not be remembered for his play on the field. Nor for a great goal celebration. Levesque's 2012 will be remembered because it powered our minds and helped remind us that sometimes this sports thing is not just about being good at the sport.
Yes, this has been shared here before, but with Roger Levesque receiving a Golden Scarf on Sunday we felt it was appropriate the remind everyone of this totally awesome video. Probably NSFW.
United Airlines' Magazine Profiles Sounders-Timbers Rivalry
In stark contrast to the rather comical take on the rivalry that the esteemed Wall Street
Journal took last year, this is actually an excellently executed piece about the Sounders-Timbers
rivalry. It's largely told through the eyes of Roger Levesque and it really is worth a read.
Pain Machine gets all Roger Levesque in this animated video. One case of NSFW language, but
isn't that what headphones are for?
Now, therefore, I, Dow Constantine, Executive of King County, do hereby proclaim July 18, 2012
to be Roger Levesque Day...
King County proclaims today to be Roger Levesque Day
It's great to see Roger getting recognition by the wider community.
A slideshow of Roger Levesque being Roger, because today is about #48Seconds & The King
Roger Levesque sat down with Paul Silvi of King5 to talk about his retirement. He gives a little
of the back story behind his "48 seconds" celebration.
The longer readers of Sounder at Heart know there are certain supporters songs I don't like due
to their use of certain war metaphors. Even new readers will notice that there is very little
imagery around battles and violence in our posts about soccer. This is by choice and captures much
of how I feel about sports and why I discovered a passion for the game.