Roger Levesque

Seattle Sounders

Winning in Mexico - History Lesson

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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.

All Comps Points Per 90 Update

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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 do.

On Friendlies: Storylines, not Scorelines

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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 dumbfounded.

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.

Lukaku strikes twice as Chelsea win shootout over Seattle in summer friendly

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The new faces of Chelsea were on full display Wednesday night as forward 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.

Sounders, Chelsea Entertain In Six Goal Friendly

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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.

Sounders v Chelsea FC Friendly - Gamethread

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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.

On a final note, I may be retiring on tonight, but in my heart I’ll always be part of the Seattle...

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On a final note, I may be retiring on tonight, but in my heart I'll always be part of the Seattle Sounders family. I'm really looking forward to joining you in the ranks of the Sounders' supporters. Whether it's jumping up and down in the Brougham End with the ECS, taking in a game and the bigger picture from the Green Zone, or sipping on Red Hook's ECS No Equal Amber Lager in a crowded Starfire beer garden, I'll be right there with you supporting the Sounders every step of the way!

Tony Meola Talks Chelsea Friendly, Growth Of US Soccer

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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 decades.

Sounder At Heart Pays Tribute To Roger Levesque

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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

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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 Retires: As Told Through Social Media

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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 popularity.

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.

Sounders Officially Announce Roger Levesque's Retirement Plans

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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.

Seattle fan favorite Levesque retiring

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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.

Roger Levesque is leaving the Seattle Sounders. The 31-year-old forward will play his last game in...

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Roger Levesque is leaving the Seattle Sounders. The 31-year-old forward will play his last game in Wednesday's friendly with Chelsea.

He is quitting soccer to pursue his master's degree in business at the University of Washington. He said he eventually wants to find a job in the nonprofit world.

Steve Zakuani Will Be Ready When He's Ready

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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 field.

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.

Stepping Away From The Ledge

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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.

Sounders at Earthquakes US Open Cup - Gamethread

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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.

Nos Audietis, Episode 57: Take The Power Back (Featuring Mike Fucito)

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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 dealt with.

The first topic of conversation is last Saturday's awful loss to the Montreal Impact.

Final Trip West

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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.

You're Sigi - How Do You Fix It?

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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.

Impact Vs. Sounders: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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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.

Sigi Schmid

Sounders Own (Goal) Timbers

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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.

'Soccer City, USA': A Short Film Starring Sounders

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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 Possible.

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Sounders Vs. Chelsea | Recap, Stats, Quotes

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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.

Sounders Score 4 Goals, Lose 4-2 to Chelsea

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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.

PREVIEW: Chelsea at Seattle Sounders

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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.

Estrada's Absence Shifts Roles

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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.

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Do the Sounders Need to Make a Move in This Transfer Window?

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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.

Sounders Vs. Red Bulls | Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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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.

The Rest

Player Profile: Roger Levesque

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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.

Animated video pays tribute to one and only Roger Levesque

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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

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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...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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.

War Metaphors And Sports

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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.