BY King5.com 05:04PM 07/13/2012

Levesque to retire from Sounders after Chelsea

After nine years in Seattle, the popular forward is going to pursue a Master’s degree in business at the University of Washington.


Roger Levesque, one of the Sounders’ most popular and enduring figures, will retire after the Chelsea friendly Wednesday to pursue a Master’s degree in business administration.

The 31-year-old forward and Stanford grad seeks a career in the nonprofit world, he told Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times.

“I think initially it was the Sounders’ organization putting the players into positions where they could be out in the community that got us out there,” Levesque said. “You know, to market the team and to give back to the fans who were supporting the team.

“But then a lot of the guys also realized that there was a great opportunity to have an even greater impact in the community. With the visibility you have being with the Sounders, you realize you can really have an impact. When you’re put in those positions, something clicks that says, ‘Hey, I can do a lot of good here.’ ”

A reserve with seven game appearances, three starts and no goals, Levesque at 31 wasn’t likely to get more playing time. After nine years in Seattle, it was time to move on.

Roger exemplifies what it means to be a Sounder,” said head coach Sigi Schmid in a statement from the club. “He has character, determination, work ethic, skill and a never-say-die attitude for the club on the field. He has represented the Sounders organization well through his charitable work in the Seattle community.”

Levesque signed with the Sounders FC March 16, 2009 after spending nearly six seasons (2003-08) with the USL-1 Sounders. Levesque made 53 appearances (18 starts), scoring  six goals with two assists in his 3.5 MLS seasons in Seattle. He added another three goals and eight assists in U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League play, including the game-winning goal in the 2009 Open Cup final.

“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 statement. “I am fortunate to see the sport grow in such a great city, and to be a part of it for so long. I’m proud of my community work and I look forward to continuing my involvement with the Seattle community.”

He spent three seasons with San Jose after being selected by the Earthquakes 23rd overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. He made four appearances in his three seasons with San Jose, spending much of his time on loan to the USL-1 Sounders before signing with the club in 2006. In his six seasons with the USL side, Levesque scored 27 goals in 130 regular season matches, helping the team to the league championship in 2005 and 2007 and the Open Cup semifinals in 2007 and 2008.

Levesque was named MLS Humanitarian of the Month in May of 2012.


YourThoughts

  • Doug

    Good luck Roger.  Your contributions on and off the field will long be appreciated and remembered by Sounders FC fans.

    • Artthiel

       Good to see a player seize his future instead of wandering about looking for a post-career transition.

  • Doug

    Good luck Roger.  Your contributions on and off the field will long be appreciated and remembered by Sounders FC fans.

    • Artthiel

       Good to see a player seize his future instead of wandering about looking for a post-career transition.

  • Sdcall

    What an inspiration?  His sincerity and honesty in acknowledging other people’s contributions to his greatness was heart warming.

    • Artthiel

       Sdcall, it’s common practice for a long list of thank-yous, but having been around Tez during his Seattle time, I guarantee you his expressions were not Hollywood air kisses. He’s a pretty simple, straightforward guy who means everything he says.

       Like his daddy scolded him, cut the grass right, fool!

  • Jamo57

    Cortez thanked Ken Behring?   Let me be the first to nominate #92 for canonization.

    St. ‘Tez has a nice ring to it.   A bigger man than the rest of us, in more ways than one.

    • Artthiel

       Well, said, Jamo: A bigger man than the rest of us.

  • Artthiel

     The man was among the most loyal, generous and thoughtful people I’ve come across in pro sports. Funny dude, too. Thanks for writing, Andrew.