Chelsea Visits and Roger Levesque Bids Farewell

Last night was a great celebration of soccer here in Seattle. UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea FC came to town for a friendly against the Seattle Sounders. While many in attendance were there to see Chelsea, much of the celebration was for longtime fan favorite Roger Levesque. This was Roger’s last appearance as a member of the Sounders, as he is retiring to pursue a Master’s degree in Business from the University of Washington in the fall.

It was fun to see the big stars from Chelsea. And it was great to see the huge support for Roger. After nine years as a Sounder, it’s no surprise he’s made so many friends in Seattle. Roger’s unbridled spirit will undoubtedly be missed in the locker room and training fields. But apparently he’ll still be coming to the matches, only now he’ll be watching from the stands as the club’s number one fan.

I have a larger than usual gallery, but hey, it was Chelsea, and it was Roger’s last match as a professional!

(Click on the photos below to view them in a gallery)

Sounders-Chelsea: Roger Levesque
Sounders-Chelsea: Yossi Benayoun
Sounders-Chelsea: Michael Essien
Sounders-Chelsea: Branislav Ivanovic
Sounders-Chelsea: John Obi Mikel
Sounders-Chelsea: Chelsea Supporters
Sounders-Chelsea: Sounders legend Roger Davies
Sounders-Chelsea: Emerald City Supporters
Sounders-Chelsea: All Hail The King
Sounders-Chelsea: Jeff Parke and Romelu Lukaku
Sounders-Chelsea: Lukaku scores
Sounders-Chelsea: Zach Scott and Marko Marin
Sounders-Chelsea: Paulo Ferreira
Sounders-Chelsea: Paulo Ferreira
Sounders-Chelsea: Yossi Benayoun and Leo Gonzalez
Sounders-Chelsea: Jeff Parke and Eden Hazard
Sounders-Chelsea: David Luiz and Mauro Rosales
Sounders-Chelsea: Fredy Montero scores
Sounders-Chelsea: Supporters
Sounders-Chelsea: Osvaldo Alonso and Eden Hazard
Sounders-Chelsea: Benayoun and Marin
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger in scuba gear
Sounders-Chelsea: David Luiz
Sounders-Chelsea: Lukaku and Alonso
Sounders-Chelsea: Ozzie and Benayoun
Sounders-Chelsea: Ferreira checks on Eddie Johnson
Sounders-Chelsea: Evans, Gonzalez, Alonso, and Benayoun
Sounders-Chelsea: Marko Marin scores
Sounders-Chelsea: Marin and Ivanovic celebrate
Sounders-Chelsea: Lukaku and Marin
Sounders-Chelsea: Lukaku scores his second
Sounders-Chelsea: Fans about to be trampled by giant elephant
Sounders-Chelsea: Jamal Blackman
Sounders-Chelsea: Chelsea fans apparently didn't know Terry didn't travel. Sounders fans did best to cover it up.
Sounders-Chelsea: Fredy Montero and Ivanovic
Sounders-Chelsea: Fredy Montero and Ivanovic
Sounders-Chelsea: Alvaro Fernandez and Frank Lampard
Sounders-Chelsea: Gary Cahill blocks Eddie Johnson's shot
Sounders-Chelsea: Ivanovic clears
Sounders-Chelsea: Eden Hazard and Ozzie Alonso
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger Levesque enters the match
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger Levesque enters the match
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger Levesque enters the match
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger Levesque
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger Levesque and Sam Hutchinson
Sounders-Chelsea: Fredy gives Roger the Captain's arm band
Sounders-Chelsea: Frank Lampard
Sounders-Chelsea: George Saville and Mike Seamon
Sounders-Chelsea: Michael Essien, Steve Zakuani, and Roger
Sounders-Chelsea: Andy Rose and Frank Lampard
Sounders-Chelsea: Andy Rose
Sounders-Chelsea: Essien and Roger Levesque
Sounders-Chelsea: 2nd half keepers Josh Ford and Jamal Blackman exchange shirts
Sounders-Chelsea: Frank Lampard thanks his fans
Sounders-Chelsea: The two remaining USL Sounders - Scott and Levesque
Sounders-Chelsea: It's all about Roger
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger Levesque Day
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger Levesque Day
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger's Pirate Face
Sounders-Chelsea: And Roger scuba dives
Sounders-Chelsea: This time the landing is much softer
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger and his number one fan
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger visits with ECS
Sounders-Chelsea: No need for these anymore
Sounders-Chelsea: Roger gave away almost everything
Sounders-Chelsea: July 18 was officially proclaimed Roger Levesque Day by King County

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