March 16, 2009 5:40 PM
Posted by Jose Romero
Read the press release:
The Seattle Sounders FC has signed defender Zach Scott and forward Roger Levesque to Major League Soccer contracts, the team announced today.
Drafted 23rd overall by San Jose in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft, Levesque, 28, appeared in three games for the MLS Cup champions before being loaned to the USL-1 Sounders that same season.
Levesque became a mainstay with the Sounders from 2004 through 2008. He scored eight goals in 2004 and led the team with 10 goals in its championship season of 2005. In 2007, he was named All-USL second team, as the Sounders again won the title. He ranks fifth in franchise history with 27 goals, and seventh in assists (16) and games played (130).
Levesque, a graduate of Stanford University, is a two-time All-American (2001-02) and led the Cardinal to the NCAA semifinals as a junior and championship game as a senior. He played alongside Sounders FC defender Taylor Graham at Stanford and for the USL-1 Sounders.
"Roger is a player who has been committed to the Seattle area," said Coach Sigi Schmid. "He is very active and has a very good work rate."
Scott, 28, joins Sounders FC after playing the past seven seasons with the USL-1 Sounders, where he was a member of two championship teams in 2005 and 2007. He totaled 139 games, eight goals (two game-winners) and three assists in league play for Seattle. He finished sixth in total league appearances for the franchise (139) and fifth in minutes (11,171).
"Zach is a very hard-nosed consistent defender, who takes a lot of pride in his defensive play," said Schmid. "He helps solidify our defense and make us stronger."
Scott, a Hawaii native, graduated from Gonzaga University in 2002.
Both Levesque and Scott have been training with the club since the beginning of training camp in January.
Transactions: Seattle Sounders (MLS) - Signed F Roger Levesque and D Zach Scott
Hometown: Portland, Maine (USA)
Previous Clubs: San Jose (MLS, 2003), Seattle Sounders (USL-1, 2004-08), San Jose (MLS, 2005)
College: Stanford (1998-2002)
Hometown (Citizenship): Haiku, Hawaii (USA)
Previous Clubs: Seattle (USL-1, 2002-2008)
College: Gonzaga University (1998-2002)