The original Sounder is a Sounder no more.
The Philadelphia Union today picked Sebastien Le Toux in the MLS expansion draft.
“With expansion comes the unfortunate consequence that you’re likely going to lose someone,” Sigi Schmid said through a Sounders press release. “Seba is a quality player, and it’s understandable that Philadelphia valued his abilities and brought him aboard. We’re sad to see him go, but we wish him the best with this opportunity in Philadelphia.”
Le Toux had 15 starts and appeared in 28 games (1,457 minutes) with the Sounders. He had one goal and three assists.
“Sebastien Le Toux was a very very good player in USL when they brought him to the Sounders,” Union coach Peter Nowak said. “I watched him in many games this season, and I was very impressed. That’s why I brought him to this team.”
Later Nowak said: “We believe the starting forward position is good for Sebastien where he can score some goals.
Here is Philly’s full list:
Player (Pos.) Former Club
Jordan Harvey (D) Colorado Rapids
Andrew Jacobsen (M) D.C. United
Brad Knighton (G) New England Revolution
Sebastien Le Toux (F) Seattle Sounders FC
Stefani Miglioranzi (M) LA Galaxy
Alejandro Moreno (F) Columbus Crew
Dave Myrie (D) Chicago Fire
Shea Salinas (M) San Jose Earthquakes
Shavar Thomas (D) Chivas USA
Nick Zimmerman (M) New York Red Bulls
Here’s the full Sounders’ press release:
RENTON, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC forward/midfielder Sebastien Le Toux was selected today by Philadelphia Union with one of its 10 selections in the 2009 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft.
Le Toux, 25 from Rennes, France, was the first player signed by Sounders FC on May 8, 2008. In his first season in MLS, Le Toux appeared in 28 regular season games, starting 15 with one goal and three assists. He appeared in each of Seattle’s two playoff games.
“With expansion comes the unfortunate consequence that you’re likely going to lose someone,” said Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC head coach. “Seba is a quality player, and it’s understandable that Philadelphia valued his abilities and brought him aboard.
“We’re sad to see him go,” added Schmid, “but we wish him the best with this opportunity in Philadelphia.”
Le Toux was a key figure in the Sounders FC 2009 U.S. Open Cup run, starting five of six tournament games and scoring three goals plus seven assists. He had the game-winning assist versus D.C. United in the Cup Final at RFK Stadium.
Prior to joining Sounders FC, Le Toux spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the USL First Division Seattle Sounders, scoring 24 goals in 54 league matches. He was the top scorer in U.S. Open Cup play both years. In 2007, Le Toux was named the USL-1 Most Valuable Player and helped lead Seattle to the league title.