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July 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Roger Levesque is leaving the Sounders after next week’s friendly against Chelsea

levesque mug 2012.jpgUPDATE 1:38 p.m. — The Sounders have confirmed the news. “Roger exemplifies what it means to be a Sounder,” said coach Sigi Schmid said in the news 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.”

Fun. Smiles. Facial hair. Goal celebrations.

A lot of things come to mind when you think of Roger Levesque (whose mug shot says it all).

And a lot of memories will resurface with the news that next week’s friendly against Chelsea will be Levesque’s last with the Sounders. Our columnist Steve Kelley has the story of the departing fan-favorite who came to our parts in 2003.

“I’m going to miss the guys, that camaraderie you can’t get anywhere else,” Levesque told Kelley. “But I feel like I’m leaving on a positive note.”

The team was apparently told of Levesque’s plans Thursday at practice and gathered together to wish off their young-at-heart teammate. It was no surprise to see the 31-year-old carrying a ball bag back to the locker room afterward.

Some other things that come to mind with Roger: Scuba dive. Pirate face. Yellow lab with an attitude. Kilts. Paddleboard yoga.

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How about you? What do you make of the news of Levesque’s impending retirement? And what are some of your favorite Roger memories?

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