Le Toux Scores, Happy About Green Card
Sebastien Le Toux was thrilled when he originally signed a five-year contract to compete in Major League Soccer.
Le Toux was just as excited when he was selected by the Philadelphia Union in the expansion draft after a successful season with Seattle Sounders FC.
Adding his Green Card is another bonus.
Le Toux learned on Thursday that he had received his Green Card, freeing up an international spot on the club’s roster. Finnish player Toni Stahl, Argentinean Eduardo Coudet, and Colombian Roger Torres are currently the team’s only players occupying international spots. The Union will add a fourth when Juan Diego González Alzate, who signed with the club Friday, joins the roster after receiving his International Transfer Certificate.
“It’s been a process for me the last year,” Le Toux said after the Union’s 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew Thursday night at PPL Park. “I have been trying to secure my visa and I am really happy to get it. It’s a good thing, a very good thing.”
All season, Le Toux has been doing great things for the Union.
In fact, he scored a club-best ninth goal on a penalty kick just before stoppage time expired in the first half to briefly tie the game at one apiece.
You can expect Le Toux to keep hustling for the remaining 14 games. That’s how he plays. That’s what he does.
“He’s amazing,” said forward Alejandro Moreno. “Sebastien is amazing. He just keeps going and going and going.”
Even with his Green Card, Le Toux is still considered a French citizen and is currently not eligible to be capped by the U.S. Men’s National Team.
“This was a big deal for me to get my Green Card,” Le Toux said. “I don’t have to show my passport anymore. It makes things quicker for me at the airport. I don’t have to wait three hours anymore.”
This was vintage Le Toux keeping a positive attitude after another strong effort, yet frustrating result. Following the tough loss, he still took the time to shake fans’ hands and sign autographs.
“Sebastien has done it all year for us,” said defender Jordan Harvey. “He’s been so consistent. That’s great for him that he got his Green Card.”
Added midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi: “We’ve seen it the entire season. Sebastien has what it takes to be a great player in this league. He goes all out all the time. He’s always running. He’s had a great season, and we wouldn’t have won those four games without him.”
The next chance to win will come Sunday night at FC Dallas.
When the match starts, you’d better believe that Le Toux will be rarin’ to go.
“We have to win games,” Le Toux said. “We have a big game in Dallas, no question. We have to win games on the road.”