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 Read more »