If it looked like Golden Scarf recipient Roger Levesque had fun introducing his former teammates before the match tonight … well, he did.
Here’s some of what he had to day about his big evening:
On trying to get the position as the new hype man for the Sounders…) “No, I think I actually screwed up absolutely everything during the scarf ceremony. I stepped on the podium when I wasn’t supposed to. I didn’t know when I was supposed to turn either, but I gathered myself and had a really good time with the announcements and the starting eleven.”
On attempting to sneak in nicknames to the starting 11…) “I was just going to try and stick to protocol. I had already made so many mistakes that I was just trying to pronounce all of the names right. Eddie [Johnson]…Fredy [Montero]…OK now I think I have it. I knew I went back to school for a reason.”
On the reality of the ceremony living up to expectations…) “I was really just trying to enjoy the experience going into it, but the reality was just above and beyond. I mean, I am sure you all can feel the energy here tonight. It is absolutely amazing and it is just getting better and better with the Sounders scoring goals. It is awesome seeing 66,000 people at a regular season MLS game. Just seeing the whole thing unfold from where my involvement started back in 2003 is pretty awesome. It just brings a smile to my face to see what it has turned into. It is absolutely awesome for the game of soccer, the city of Seattle, and the country.”
On the transition between being a player and now becoming a fan…) “I am a huge fan, but this is my first time back in the stadium watching a game. I have watched all of the games on TV and I have been a huge fan. I wasn’t exactly sure how that was going to translate into actually being here. I knew there would be some emotional moments, but I am just so excited to watch the guys play and they are out there doing amazing things. I am just looking forward to the young guys stepping up and continuing to work towards the MLS Cup.”
On if the interaction during the scarf ceremony between you and Mike Fucito was planned…) “We had spoken since he has been up in town, but that is one of the things about the Sounders, it is a family, no matter what side of the ball you are on. I think Mike [Fucito] will always be a Sounder in my heart, and in the heart of a lot of Sounders fans.”