RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Sounders forward Roger Levesque, a former Falmouth High and Stanford University star, announced he will retire following the club’s exhibition game against Chelsea of the English Premier League on Wednesday.

Levesque, 31, was signed by the Major League Soccer team in March 2009, shortly after the Sounders became the league’s 15th franchise.

Levesque had six goals and two assists while appearing in 53 games, 18 as a starter, for Seattle.

Levesque also had three goals in U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League play, including the game-winning goal in the 2009 Open Cup final.

Although drafted by the MLS San Jose Earthquakes in 2003, he spent most of 2003-05 on loan to the Sounders when the team was a member of the United Soccer League, one tier lower than MLS. He signed with the Sounders in 2006.

Levesque scored 27 goals in 130 regular-season USL matches, while helping Seattle win league championships in 2005 and 2007 and reach the Open Cup semifinals in 2007 and 2008.

During his high school years, Levesque led the Yachtsmen to Class C state championships in 1996 and 1997.

Levesque was honored as the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Athlete of the Year in 1999. He ended his high school career with 106 goals, second all-time in Maine.

Levesque had seven goals and 13 assists as a senior at Sanford in 2002, the year the Cardinals lost 1-0 to UCLA in the NCAA final.

Known for his charity and community work, Levesque was named MLS Humanitarian of the Month in May after participating in “Men with Kilts,” a fundraiser that raised $35,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska.


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