Roger Levesque is lightning rod for Seattle-Portland rivalry

Roger Levesque is lightning rod for Seattle-Portland rivalry

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From left to right, Seattle Sounders FC's Peter Vagenas, Freddie Ljungberg and Roger Levesque celebrate a goal by teammate Nate Jaqua in the second half of an MLS soccer game against the Kansas City Wizards, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, in Kansas City, Kan. The Sounders won 3-2. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

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by Joshua Mayers / Seattle Times

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Posted on May 11, 2011 at 7:57 AM

TUKWILA - Love him or hate him.

There won't be much in-between this week when it comes to Sounders FC forward/midfielder Roger Levesque. The scruffy-haired 30-year-old has been a fixture in Seattle's soccer rivalry with Portland for almost a decade, and despised by Timbers fans nearly every step of the way.

That animosity was best demonstrated in October of 2007, when he volunteered to play as a guest player for Portland in an exhibition against Toronto at PGE Park. At that time, the Sounders were undecided on whether they'd field a team in the season before their MLS leap.

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