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October 7, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Roger Levesque: “I haven’t heard a whole lot from the Timbers Army. It might be the score line, I’m not sure.”

levesque golden scarf.jpgPhoto credit: Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times

Reporters got a chance to catch up with former Sounder Roger Levesque at halftime after the recent retiree was honored with a Golden Scarf before kickoff. The fan favorite took it a step further by passionately announcing Seattle’s starting lineup.

Anyways, here’s the full transcript of the conversation:

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(On the Golden Scarf ceremony and announcing the Sounders’ starting lineup…) “I think I actually screwed up absolutely everything during the scarf ceremony. I stepped on the podium when I wasn’t supposed to. I didn’t know when I was supposed to turn either, but I gathered myself and had a really good time with the announcements and the starting eleven.”

(Were you tempted to throw in some nicknames?) “I was just going to stick to protocol on this one. I had already made so many mistakes that I was just trying to pronounce all of the names right.”

(Like Johnson?) “(laughs) Yeah, tough one. Eddie. Fredy. … I knew I went back to school for a reason.”

(On the reality of the ceremony living up to expectations…) “I didn’t know. I was just trying to enjoy it going into it, but it was above and beyond. The energy in the stadium tonight — I know all of you can feel it, as well — it is absolutely amazing. It’s just getting better and better with the Sounders scoring goals. It’s awesome seeing 66-, 67,000 people at a regular season MLS game. Just sitting up in a box and getting that perspective, just seeing the whole thing unfold from where my involvement started back in 2003 is pretty awesome. It just brings a smile to my face that (this is) what it has turned into. It is absolutely awesome for the game, for the city of Seattle, and for the country.”

(Are you enjoying the transition to a fan or are you sad you’re not out there?) “No, I am a huge fan. This is my first time back in the stadium watching a game. I have watched all of the games on TV and I have been a huge fan. I wasn’t exactly sure how that was going to translate into actually being here. I thought there would be some emotional moments, but I am just excited, excited to watch the guys play, and they’re out there doing amazing things. It’s awesome to see. I am just looking forward seeing the young guys step up and continuing to push and work towards the MLS Cup.”

(You going to go over and have a beer with the Timbers Army?) “I know huh? Maybe pop over there. I wonder if they’d recognize me.”

(What about that scarf?) “Yeah. I should probably lose the scarf otherwise they would probably take care of that for me.”

(Did you notice Eddie’s stare-down of the Timbers crowd?) “I did. It was a good forceful celebration. That was one of the things, and maybe it’s just where I’m sitting, but I haven’t heard a whole lot from the Timbers Army. It might be the score line, I’m not sure.”

(Any post-retirement tips on how to celebrate against the Timbers?) “No. There’s a lot of creative minds down in that locker room that I’m sure will take it to the next level, go above and beyond. I’m just happy that they’re scoring goals and giving themselves opportunities to celebrate.”

(On if the interaction during the scarf ceremony between you and Mike Fucito was planned…) “We had spoken since he’s been up in town, but that is one of the things about the Sounders, it is a family, regardless of what side you’re on. Mikey in my heart and I think (in the hearts of) a lot of other people in this city will forever be a Sounder, so it’s good to see him out there. ”

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