Roger Levesque

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Roger Levesque
Roger Levesque with fans.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-01-22) January 22, 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Portland, Maine, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder, Forward
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Stanford Cardinal 76 (29)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 San Jose Earthquakes 4 (0)
2003–2005 Seattle Sounders (loan) 73 (23)
2006–2008 Seattle Sounders 71 (11)
2009–2012 Seattle Sounders FC 53 (6)
Total 201 (40)
National team
2002 United States U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roger Levesque (born January 22, 1981) is a retired American soccer player.

On January 28, 2010 he was ranked 19th in the USL First Division Top 25 of the Decade, which announced a list of the best and most influential players of the previous decade.[1] Levesque has become a Sounders fan favorite for his work rate, length of service with the club, his wit, and clever goal celebrations.[2] His last game was Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in an exhibition match against Chelsea F.C.[3]

After retiring from professional soccer, Levesque headed to the University of Washington's Foster School of Business to pursue a master's degree in business administration.[4]


High school and college[edit]

Born in Portland, Maine, Levesque led Falmouth High School in Falmouth, Maine to the 1996 and 1997 Maine state championships. In 1998, he was selected the state player of the year by the Maine Sunday Telegram. His 106 goals over 4 years at Falmouth places him at second most goals in Maine history. Levesque was also a standout basketball player, twice named Maine's Class C player of the year by the Lewiston Sun Journal, and leading Falmouth to state titles in 1997, and 1998. Roger also played for Maine Coast United leading them to 3 state titles and earning interest from the national under-23 team.[5]

Levesque played college soccer at Stanford University from 1999 to 2002. After two seasons as a reserve, Levesque became a starter as a junior, and ended the season as a second-team All-American,[6] having scored 14 goals and 9 assists. In his senior year he led the team in points with 7 goals and 13 assists, and was named a third team All-American.[7] Stanford lost to UCLA that year in the NCAA Final.


Levesque was selected 23rd overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes.[8] Much of his rookie season was lost when he injured his ACL during a preseason game with the US under-23 national team in Portugal.[9] He made his MLS debut on July 12, 2003, coming on as a substitute in a 2–0 home loss to the Colorado Rapids.[10] He was loaned to the Seattle Sounders after the Earthquakes's loss to them in the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in August.[9] He made his Sounders debut days later against the Portland Timbers and go on to play nine matches for the Sounders, scoring two goals before returning to the Earthquakes on September 24 and making two appearances.[5][9]

He continued to play on loan with the Sounders in 2004 and 2005. In 2004, he scored 8 goals and 4 assists in 27 games as the team reached the A-League championship. He scored four goals for the Sounders in the 2005 USL First Division USL-1 playoffs. His three goals led Seattle past the Portland Timbers and his stoppage time goal was the winner as Seattle beat the Montreal Impact 2-1. Seattle went on to win the 2005 Championship. The Earthquakes placed Levesque on waivers on November 16, 2005 after he played only one game that season with their first team.[11]

Levesque in training in 2009.

In February 2006, Levesque signed a year-long deal to return to Seattle Sounders. He scored two goals and three assists during the regular season and led the team in minutes played. In 2007, he was named second team All-League. At the end of the season, he served as a guest player in two exhibition games with USL-1 teams, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers, against MLS teams.[12]

After a lengthy trial for most of early 2009, Levesque was signed by the expansion MLS franchise Seattle Sounders FC in March 2009.[13] He was used primarily as a reserve player, occasionally appearing as a substitute or a starting player in games of lesser importance. He scored a goal against the Portland Timbers in the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, as well as the winning goal against D.C. United in the Open Cup Final. He also scored the winning goal in the 89th minute against D.C. United a year later in 2010 MLS league play. In June 2011, Levesque scored 2 goals in the Sounders' 4-2 win against the New York Red Bulls, including his famous "scuba goal" celebration.[14] On July 16, 2011 he scored another goal against the Colorado Rapids.

Levesque announced his retirement in July 2012, playing his final match for the Sounders in a friendly against Chelsea F.C. on July 18. Fans celebrated the match, jokingly referring it to a testimonial,[15] and King County Executive Dow Constantine declared "Roger Levesque Day" in his honor.[16] Levesque was named Director of Community Outreach for Seattle Sounders FC in 2014.[17]


Seattle Sounders[edit]

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]


  1. ^ "USL-1 Top 25 of the Decade". Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
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  3. ^ "Levesque leaving soccer field and focusing on a greater one". Seattle Times. July 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  4. ^ "Ten Men Went to Yawn, Went to Yawn At Chelsea". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  5. ^ a b "Players: Roger Levesque". Major League Soccer. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ 2001 All Americans
  7. ^ 2002 All Americans
  8. ^ Ruiz, Don (July 13, 2012). "Longtime Sounder Levesque announces retirement". Kitsap Sun. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c Gaschk, Matt (July 13, 2012). "End of the Levesque era". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  10. ^ "San Jose Earthquakes sign Tighe Dombrowski, Roger Levesque and Chris Aloisi to new contracts". Major League Soccer. February 21, 2005. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  11. ^ November 16, 2008
  12. ^ Seattle Pitch 2007 News
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  15. ^ Campeau, Aaron (July 18, 2012). "Seattle Sounders vs. Chelsea FC: The European Champions Pay Tribute To Roger Levesque". SB Nation. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  16. ^ Kelly, Steve (July 19, 2012). "One last scuba dive for Levesque's faithful". The Seattle Times. p. C1. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Roger Levesque | Seattle Sounders FC". Retrieved 20 March 2018. 

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