Le Toux First to 10/10 in 2010
Sebastien Le Toux is the ultimate team player.
Whether he scores once or ten times, he cares only about the result – and that’s to help the Union win as many games as possible.
It’s hard to ignore the type of statistics that Le Toux is putting up this season. He scored his 10th goal of the season in the 33rd minute of what wound up being a 1-1 tie against the Kansas City Wizards Saturday at PPL Park.
Le Toux is the only player in the league to reach double figures in goals and assists with 10 apiece this season. He ranks fourth in the league in goals and second in assists, just one behind Landon Donovan of the L.A. Galaxy. While Fredy Montero is one assist away from joining Le Toux in the 10/10 club, only one player has accomplished the feat in the previous three seasons (Jaime Moreno, with 10 goals and 10 assists in 2008).
“I didn’t know that,” Le Toux said of becoming the first to reach the combined mark. “I’m flattered. It’s not just about me. It’s about the team. It’s nice to know. I’m going to keep working with my teammates who are putting me in good spots to score. It’s a team game and I couldn’t do it without them.”
Le Toux started in 15 of 28 games for Seattle Sounders FC last season, scoring one goal and adding three assists. He was left unprotected in the expansion draft and the Union acquired him on Nov. 25, 2009.
What a steal.
“Sebastien will be the first one to tell you he didn’t have the season he expected to have last season,” Union forward Alejandro Moreno told philadelphiaunion.com after the match. “He’s healthy and he’s in a good situation here in Philadelphia. As a forward, this game is funny. Sometimes, the ball bounces your way and you get more chances. He has taken advantage of his opportunities. He’s a team guy and he has made the most of every chance. I think he has had a solid season and we’re all happy for him.”
Le Toux garnered his first All-Star berth this season, starting against Manchester United on July 28. It was well-deserved to say the least considering how he has been performing match-in and match-out.
What’s most important from here on out is helping the Union win. It’s that simple for Le Toux.
“I want to help the team win the best I can,” he said.
He always does.
“Sebastien has incredible energy,” said midfielder Justin Mapp. “He works at it all the time. I’m not surprised by anything he does. He’s a team guy, and he makes big plays all the time for us.”