Longtime Seattle Sounders forward Roger Levesque announced he will retire after the home friendly match against Chelsea FC on Wednesday.
Levesque, 31, played with the USL Sounders from 2003 to 2008, and joined the MLS expansion Sounders in 2009.
“I would like to thank the Sounders organization for giving me the opportunity to play professionally for the past nine years,” Levesque said in a club release. “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.”
Levesque made 53 appearances and 18 starts with the MLS club, recording six goals and three assists in league play. He added three goals and eight assists in U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League, including the winning goal in the 2009 Open Cup final – a 2-1 win over D.C. United.
“Roger exemplifies what it means to be a Sounder,” coach Sigi Schmid said in the release. “He has character, determination, work ethic, skill and a never-say-die attitude for the club on the field.”
After being a two-time All-American at Stanford, Levesque was selected by San Jose with the 23rd pick of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft.
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