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Philly takes Sebastien Le Toux

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 25, 2009 at 12:21 pm with 10 Comments »
November 26, 2009 10:19 am

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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.

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  1. exSlacker says:

    so sad. I loved Saba. I loved that when we were flat, you could put him in and get the Energizer Bunny effect. He never stopped and never gave less than everything. Good luck to you Mr. LaToux. You will be missed.

  2. exSlacker says:

    Le Toux…that is.

  3. derekyoung says:

    Such a bummer though I’m relieved it’s not Riley. At times he might get a bit out of position, but Riley was a workhorse for us. And his off the field conduct is just incredible. Very few athletes anywhere give back as much as he does.

  4. gunndawg says:

    I am happy it is not Riley or Levesque. Levesque seemed to take the Seba role as energizer midfield/striker sub.

  5. Don Ruiz says:

    The Sounders’ roster had no shortage of nice guys, but Le Toux was among the best.

  6. ciscokid says:

    I’m bummed

  7. EverydayFan says:

    I’m not happy
    Le Toux helped our team win it’s first and only major trophy in a game where Jaqua didn’t even play – and who do you protect?
    Not happy at all

  8. exSlacker says:

    EverydayFan – you seem to forget the first time that we saw “zombie Jaqua” bleed for us…at Starfire in the Cup. Without his gutsy performance on that day, there would have been no game in DC for Seba to play in. It’s a team effort. We used our roster to excellent effect. The downside of that is that Philly got a good look at a lot of players including Seba. I’ll miss Seba greatly, but I totally agree with the decision to protect Jaqua..even if he does look like a dazed giraffe at times.

  9. derekyoung says:

    Zombie Jaqua will also miss Le Toux. Seba has lots of BRAINNSSSSSS!

  10. EverydayFan says:

    Ex – Chalk it up: Le Toux scores more goals than Jaqua in 2010.
    I hear you, but what position does Jaqua play anymore? Didnt he get benched at one point this year?
    Like I said, I hope Jaqua gets his ace bandage in the gym and adds speed, stamina, and strength in the off season to show fans like me he appreciates what he just got. Score a header, for starters.
    Le Toux never let us down. He stepped up for the PK in the Cup game and you didn’t want anyone else on the spot. He worked hard, never complained, and brought us the Cup.
    Le Toux never walks alone.

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