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Roger Levesque Day: July 18th, According To King County

Roger Levesque has enjoyed an excellent career with the Seattle Sounders, playing a lot of his early time on loan to the team when they were still in the USFL and despite being originally picked by the San Jose Earthquakes. Levesque then pretty much played the rest of the decade with the team during their time in both the USF First Division and their entrance into the MLS. He would make 197 appearances with the team and score 40 goals.

The Sounders fans fell in love with his play, particularly with his fun-loving style of play and his clutch scores to help Seattle win the U.S. Open Cup three years running from 2009 to 2011. It makes sense that the County that holds the Sounders would bestow him with a unique honor for his accomplishments with the team as he approaches his retirement: They gave him his own day!

Read the proclamation from King County after the jump (or click here to view the full announcement).

King County Proclamation

Whereas, Roger Levesque was born January 22, 1981 in Portland, Maine and led his Falmouth High School soccer and basketball teams to back-to-back state championships; and

Whereas, Roger earned All-America honors as a soccer player at Stanford University, helping his team to the NCAA championship final in 2002; and

Whereas, chosen by the San Jose Earthquakes as the 23rd pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft, Roger played just four games for San Jose, spending most of his playing time on loan to the Seattle Sounders, then a team in the USL First Division; and

Whereas, Roger became a full-time Sounder in 2006 and continued with the club when it became an MLS expansion team in 2009, helping Seattle Sounders FC win the coveted U.S. Open Cup in three consecutive years (2009-11); and

Whereas, Roger has long been a favorite of Sounders fans due to his work in the community, his love for the game, and – most of all – his sense of fun (demonstrated through unique goal celebrations, including his Timberrrr! tree-chopping routine and his scuba-dive backflip); and

Whereas, Roger is retiring to study business at the University of Washington and will play his last professional match in a home friendly against Chelsea on July 18, 2012.

Now, therefore, I, Dow Constantine, Executive of King County, do hereby proclaim July 18, 2012 to be

Roger Levesque Day

in King County. I encourage all residents to join me in congratulating Roger Levesque on his standout athletic career and his many contributions to Seattle Sounders FC.

Dow Constantine

King County Executive

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