Le Toux bests rookie for Player of the Week honors

Frenchman's hat trick beats Schilawski for weekly honors

There have been rumors of late linking the Philadelphia Union to a few international forwards. But last Saturday the club discovered that it may have its forward already.

Sébastien Le Toux’s hat trick in the Union’s first-ever home match gave the expansion club a 3-2 victory over D.C. United and also earned the Frenchman Player of the Week honors for Week 3 as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).

Watch the hat trick here.

The former Seattle Sounders player earned 24 first-place votes, while the other weekend hat-trick hero, New England Revolution rookie Zack Schilawski, came in right behind with 10.

The 26-year-old Le Toux scored the first goal in Union history in the fourth minute on a header and then doubled the Union’s lead five minutes before halftime on a deadly counterattack.

D.C. United made a second-half comeback to equalize but Le Toux was not done. With just 10 minutes remaining in the match he struck on a free kick that zipped past United’s wall and goalkeeper Troy Perkins for the 3-2 final.

“It was marvelous tonight,” Le Toux said after the match. “I feel the same things I was feeling in my first game in Seattle. The crowd was wonderful behind us for the 90 minutes. It’s important as a player to feel that. Even when we dropped to 2-2, they were still behind us.”

Le Toux scored just one goal in 28 appearances for the Seattle Sounders last year in a wide midfield role, his first season in MLS.

However, scoring is nothing new for Le Toux, who led the USL in scoring in 2007 with 10 goals for the Sounders and followed that up with another 14 in 2008.