2004 Apr 29

From today's Sounders news release:

Sounders sign Levesque on loan from Earthquakes

(Seattle, Wash.) - - The Seattle Sounders announced today the signing of forward Roger Levesque on loan from Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. Declared a senior developmental player by the Earthquakes in early April to make room for a recent trade, Levesque became a roster-protected MLS development player allowing him to become available for the Sounders 2004 season.

"Roger Levesque is a great addition to our team," said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. "His size gives us another physical presence up front. After training with the Earthquakes prior to coming up here, he is in great shape and should start the year off strong."

Loaned to the Sounders in the final month of last season by the Earthquakes, Levesque scored two goals along with one assist in six games helping the Sounders to make a strong playoff push in August. Levesque scored one goal in the playoffs and ended up with the last three goals of the 2003 season for the Sounders.

"I am excited to be back in Seattle," said Levesque. "I like the guys, the coaching staff is experienced and knowledgeable. I'm looking forward to a great year with the Sounders."

Drafted by San Jose in 2003, Levesque's rookie season was cut short due to a torn ACL while training with the U-23 National Team, before the MLS season even started. Levesque played his first MLS game on July 12th against Colorado. Levesque played 43 minutes in three regular season games for the Earthquakes in 2003.

The 6-2 forward graduated from Stanford University where he had an illustrious soccer career. In his senior season, Levesque received Third Team All-American honors, First Team All-Far West honors and he was named to the All-Tournament team at the NCCA College Cup. His Junior year, he was named a Second Team All-American, voted Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year as he led the Pac-10 in goals (14), assists (9) and points (37).

As a high school standout at Falmouth High School in Portland, Maine, Levesque led his team to the 1996 and 1997 state championships; he was a two-time Gatorade Maine Player of the Year, was a three time member of the all state team and broke the state record for career goals scored with 106. In 1998 Levesque was selected by two local news papers as the Maine Player of the Year, and was named an NSCAA All-American.

Picture: Roger Levesque taking a shot at practice during the Sounders Media Day on April 20, 2004. Photograph courtesy of George Holland.

Levesque is in camp and is getting ready with his Sounders teammates for the 2004 A-League season. Levesque played in a couple of preseason matches while his signing was awaiting league approval. The Sounders home opener is May 8th against the Edmonton Aviators at Seahawks Stadium at 7pm.

For more information about Levesque or the Sounders 2004 A-League schedule, please visit the Sounders website at www.seattlesounders.net or call 206.622.3415.