The eyes of the U.S. soccer world will be shining on Seattle this week. You probably already know that, though. ESPN2 cameras will soon descend upon us. Our supporters will probably start seeing their names in big-name publications. Stories that many considered similar to family lore will become national storylines.
Jeff Carlisle, ESPN.com's not-insane soccer writer, is one of the first to take his shot. The subject of his tale is that of Roger Levesque, the man who has spent the better part of the past nine seasons with some version of the Seattle Sounders. Specifically, Carlisle tells the folkloric tale of Levesque's one-game stint as a member of the Portland Timbers:
"There was a warm welcome from the [Portland] organization and the team," said Levesque via telephone. "Not so much the fans."
As you may have heard, Levesque was booed mercilessly during that match. There are supposedly a litany of reasons for this treatment, although I've yet to hear a clear accounting of them. In any case, Levesque has clearly become a lightning rod for the rivalry, and that seems just fine with him.