As we continue our analysis of the Philadelphia Union roster, this time we look at the soul of the club, Sebastien Le Toux.
There’s no better name that goes with the Philadelphia Union than that of Sebastien Le Toux. A seasoned veteran at only 31 years of age, Le Toux has been the center of the Union over these past few seasons as he continues to leave his mark historically.
Le Toux has played all along the attack in his career with the Union – most recently settling down in the right midfield next to former Union member Cristian Maidana (since Maidana’s departure from the team in late 2015, Le Toux may be asked to take over Tranquillo Barnetta’s left midfield position as Barnetta takes over the center leaving room for Eric Ayuk on the right).
Le Toux brings experience and a great deal of field vision to this Union offense which has struggled in the past. His awareness and ability to find the open man has resulted in him putting up six assists on the season. But not only is Le Toux a good passer, but a good goal scorer as well. Le Toux led the Union to its second U.S. Open Cup Championship game in two years becoming the new all-time leading goal scorer in the modern era of the tournament.
Despite the team’s successes in the U.S. Open Cup, Le Toux and the rest of the Union have struggled during MLS play. Earlier in the season, coach Jim Curtin talked a bit about Le Toux:
“I think first off, he is a competitor and wants to win. When we’re not creating chances he is the kind of guy who will look at himself first. He’s had some good looks at goal this year. He is hard on himself so you’ll see a little bit of frustration.”
A respected competitor, Le Toux is the kind of player desired by every team. But a selfless, respected competitor, such as Le Toux, becomes a leader on the field. There is no argument as to whether or not Le Toux is a leader. Between his ability to score goals, make assists, beat defenders on the dribble, and realize his positioning (as well as his teammates’ positioning), there is almost nothing he can’t do.
Le Toux continues to be a vital role in this Philly offense. Despite all the recent roster changes at the end of the year, Le Toux will remain in Philly and, hopefully, be the player to bring home the Union’s first ever trophy.