Somehow, Roger Levesque managed to do a pretty good job of upstaging Chelsea FC this week — including last night when he came on in the 66th minute of Seattle’s 4-2 loss to the European champion, his final appearance before retiring.
Some post-game reaction from Levesque and other Sounders:
It brought me right back to the first day in 2009, that first game walking out onto the field, seeing the stadium full, hearing the chatter, and then the first Seattle Sounders chant, it always gets me every single time, and I think it will continue to do so forever. It was just an amazing experience. The game was great. … It was an awesome night.
On if he had any second thoughts about retirement) Right about the time that blocked Andy Rose’s header from going in—I was a little bit too old to get out of the way, so I thought it was maybe the right time to hang ‘em up.
More on the night) It was just exciting being out there. I was just happy to run around. I always try to get in the mix and make something happen.
On getting the captain’s armband from Fredy Montero) That was Fredy being the person that he’s grown into, just a great man, a great soul. I was just excited to run out there, hear the fans.
Another overview of the evening) It really was a great way to go out. When you come to the end of something, I find myself thinking back and thinking of the special moments, and this is one that is going to stay with me forever.
Coach SIGI SCHMID
On the timing of his Levesque substitution) I didn’t want to kill the game, but I did want to make sure we subbed Roger in on his own and not as a group of three or four, so that the crowd could appreciate the fact of him getting onto the field and get the opportunity to acknowledge what he’s done. He’s a very special person, and because of him being a special person that has made him a very special player for this club. It’s great for him to go out today on a stage like that with the amount of fans that were there and to receive the recognition he got.”
On if he would have predicted 10 years ago that Roger Levesque would get a standing ovation at tonight’s match) “Ten years ago I knew who Roger was, and I didn’t know Roger that well. If you know Roger you know why he gets a standing ovation. He’s an endearing individual, he has a smile on his face, he did a little bit of his scuba-dive fall goal celebration there at the end, he’s just a – I called him a Bohemian type of fellow – he’s just enjoys life. He enjoys life, he enjoys what life brings to him and whatever circumstances he’s in he finds a way to enjoy them. That’s the kind of guy, that’s just an infectious personality and he endears himself to people because of who he is.”
On giving the captain’s armband to Levesque: “Well, we all know what this game was about. It was my passion to give the captain’s band to him.”