Sébastien Le Toux

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Sébastien Le Toux
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Le Toux playing against Seattle
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-01-10) 10 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 11
Youth career
2001–2004 Rennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Lorient 15 (1)
2007–2008 Seattle Sounders 47 (24)
2009 Seattle Sounders FC 28 (1)
2010–2011 Philadelphia Union 62 (25)
2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 19 (4)
2012 New York Red Bulls 14 (1)
2013– Philadelphia Union 46 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 29, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sébastien Le Toux (French pronunciation: ​[sebastjɛ̃ lə tu]; born 10 January 1984 in Mont-Saint-Aignan) is a French footballer who currently plays for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Le Toux was part of the youth setup at Rennes, and briefly played for Lorient in Ligue 2, prior to moving to the United States.

Le Toux unsuccessfully tried out for MLS side FC Dallas, before eventually signing with the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division in early 2007. Le Toux netted 10 goals for the Sounders in 2007, tying him with Charles Gbeke of the Montreal Impact as the division's top goal-scorer; he would eventually go on to score 24 goals in 54 league appearances for the team. On 28 September 2007, Le Toux became Seattle's fourth USL First Division Most Valuable Player. [1]

On 8 May 2008, Le Toux became the first player to be signed by the Seattle Sounders FC[2] following their expansion into Major League Soccer.[3]

He scored the first goal in a 1-1 tie against the Los Angeles Galaxy. He has had more success in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on the run to the 2009 Open Cup Final and had an assist on the winning goal to Roger Levesque in the 2-1 victory at RFK Stadium against D.C. United.

Philadelphia Union[edit]

Le Toux was not among Seattle's protected 11 players for the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft.[4] He was selected by Philadelphia Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft.[5] He scored a hat trick in the Philadelphia Union's first official home match in Major League Soccer as the Union defeated D.C. United 3-2.[6] Sebastien Le Toux’s eighth goal of the season gave the Union a first half lead in front of 18,137 fans at PPL Park. He scored his 10th goal of the season in the 33rd minute for the Union, taking a pass from rookie Danny Mwanga and sending a clean shot past Wizards goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.[7] [8] His 11th league goal of the season in the 36th minute, leading the Philadelphia Union over Chicago 1-0.[9] Le Toux scored on a penalty deep into stoppage time to give the Philadelphia Union a 2-1 win over Toronto FC. He scored once again against his former club Seattle Sounders, trailing 1-0 entering the second half, Le Toux got the equalizer on a penalty kick in the 54th minute.[10] He finished the 2010 MLS season with 14 league goals. On 8 June, Le Toux was named a nominee for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game.[11]

On 18 January 2012, Le Toux, on his personal Twitter page, said that he was "on a jet plane to England"[12] and the day after Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle confirmed that the striker was having a trial with the Premier League side.[13] The trial, however, did not lead to a contract offer.

Le Toux at Burnaby Sports Complex West

Vancouver Whitecaps[edit]

On 31 January 2012, Philadelphia traded Le Toux to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for allocation money.[14] Le Toux scored four minutes into his MLS debut for the Whitecaps on 10 March, a 2-0 home victory over new side Montreal Impact.[15]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

Le Toux was traded to New York Red Bulls on 13 July 2012 in exchange for Dane Richards and allocation money.[16] He scored 24 minutes into his first game with the Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders on 15 July 2012 in a match that ended in a 2-2 draw. In his second game, the 1-0 home win against Chicago Fire, Le Toux got the assist for a goal from Thierry Henry with a cross-field ball to the striker.

Return to Philadelphia[edit]

On 6 December 2012 Le Toux was traded back to Philadelphia Union in a sign-and-trade from New York Red Bulls. Philadelphia sent allocation money along with Josué Martínez to New York.[17] He scored in the 17th minute of his debut back with the Philadelphia Union and the 2013 Major League Soccer season Opener, doing so 2 years in a row.

International[edit]

Le Toux has not been capped by France at any level. In an interview on 2 July 2008, he declared himself available and willing to play for the United States national team.[18] On 5 August 2010, it was announced that Le Toux has received a United States green card, making him a permanent resident of the country and qualifying him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[19]

Personal[edit]

Le Toux was born and raised in Rennes, France by parents Michel and Marlene. He has two brothers and one sister.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Total
2004–05 FC Lorient Ligue 2 12 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
2005–06 3 1 3 0 0 0 6 1
USA League Open Cup League Cup Total
2007 Seattle Sounders USL First Division 24 10 5 5 5 0 34 15
2008 23 14 5 5 2 0 30 19
2009 Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer 28 1 4 1 2 0 34 2
2010 Philadelphia Union 28 14 0 0 0 0 28 14
2011 34 11 0 0 2 1 36 12
Canada League Voyageurs Cup League Cup Total
2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Major League Soccer 19 4 2 2 0 0 21 6
USA League Open Cup League Cup Total
2012 New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer 14 1 0 0 1 0 15 1
2013 Philadelphia Union 32 3 2 0 0 0 24 3
2014 Philadelphia Union 15 6 3 3 0 0 18 9
Total France 15 1 3 0 1 0 19 1
USA 198 60 19 14 12 1 217 74
Canada 19 4 2 2 0 0 21 6
Career total 219 62 25 16 13 1 257 79

Honors[edit]

Stade Rennais[edit]

Seattle Sounders[edit]

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Le Toux named USL-1 MVP for 2007". USL. Retrieved 5 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Sounders FC signs first player". Seattle Times. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "MLS Salaries". MLS Players Union. Retrieved 11 June 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ Romero, Jose (23 November 2009). "The Protected 11 from Sounders FC". The Seattle Times. 
  5. ^ Union select 10 players in expansion draft[dead link]
  6. ^ "VIDEO: Le Toux Nets Hat Trick In Home Debut of the Union". The Offside. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Major League Soccer". CNN. 
  8. ^ http://www.soccer365.com/us_news/story_1810183427.php
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "MLS: Philadelphia 3, Seattle 1". UPI.com. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "2011". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "On a jet plane to England". Retrieved 18 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Coyle confirms Le Toux arrival". Sky Sports. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Union trade Le Toux to Whitecaps FC". Philadelphia Union. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Report: Vancouver Whitecaps v Montreal Impact - Major League Soccer - ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "'Caps acquire Jamaican international Richards and allocation money from Red Bulls for Le Toux | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Union reacquires forward Sebastien Le Toux". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Je suis un Américain. I want to play for the country which has accepted me!". Prost Amerika. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  19. ^ "Le Toux Receives Green Card". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 

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