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Sounders Officially Announce Roger Levesque's Retirement Plans

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Roger Levesque's last competitive appearance for the Sounders will be in this U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal.
Roger Levesque's last competitive appearance for the Sounders will be in this U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal.

Roger Levesque will officially sail off into the sunset following the Seattle Sounders' friendly against Chelsea on Wednesday. The official announcement comes on the heels of Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley breaking the news a night earlier.

"I would like to thank the Sounders organization for giving me the opportunity to play professionally for the past nine years," Levesque said in the team release. "I am fortunate to see the sport grow in such a great city, and to be a part of it for so long. I'm proud of my community work and I look forward to continuing my involvement with the Seattle community."

The writing has pretty much been on the wall for most of the season that this was likely Levesque's last stint with the Sounders. The fan favorite had made just four appearances all year and had not played in a MLS game since coming in as a 90th minute sub on April 14.

Once reliably a significant contributor in U.S. Open Cup play, Levesque was left off the gameday roster in Wednesday's semifinal against Chivas USA. His last appearance in a competitive match will end up being against the San Jose Earthquakes in the Open Cup quarterfinals.

Despite rarely playing this year, he has been considered a significant part of a locker room that has managed to stay at least relatively cohesive.

"Roger exemplifies what it means to be a Sounder," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said in the team release. "He has character, determination, work ethic, skill and a never-say-die attitude for the club on the field. He has represented the Sounders organization well through his charitable work in the Seattle community."

Levesque will end his MLS career with six goals and two assists. He had three more goals and eight more assists in Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League play, including two of his most famous moments: scoring 48 seconds into the Sounders' game against the Portland Timbers in the fourth round of the 2009 Open Cup and knocking home the game winner in the championship game the same year. He also played eight seasons with the USL Sounders, where he scored 34 goals.

He will reportedly pursue a master's degree at the University of Washington. The Sounders will honor Levesque during the game against the Portland Timbers on Oct. 7.