Union mainstay Le Toux hoping to get healthy to help his team in second stanza of MLS season
Sebastien Le Toux never stops hustling.
Whether it’s a training session, a spot in the starting lineup or preparing to come in as a substitute, Le Toux brings all-out effort.
It has been a frustrating season for Le Toux and the Philadelphia Union (3-7-5, 14 points) thus far, but his work ethic has never wavered.
Le Toux is determined to help the Union turn things around. And it's possible that he could in the club's final MLS match this Saturday against Vancouver at PPL Park (7 p.m., purchase tickets) in the final match of League play before the mandatory respite for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
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“Absolutely, I think it’s very important to stay positive and keep working hard all the time,” Le Toux told philadelphiaunion.com in a recent interview. “We haven’t had the type of start we were hoping for. We just need to keep working and get this going in a good direction. We need to work as hard as we possibly can for the fans, for our coaches, for ourselves. It hasn’t been easy, but this is the situation we’re in.
“We just have to find ways to do it on the field. I know we have the guys in here who can do it and we have to be determined.”
Le Toux had three goals and 12 assists last season for the Union despite dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
He came back healthy at the beginning of the season and has scored three goals with two assists through the first 14 games.
Scoring has been an issue all season for the Union, but as of recent goals have been finding the back of the net, they've just been masked by results not going in the club's favor.
Le Toux was injured and missed both the Galaxy and Chivas USA match.
This much is known: Le Toux will continue working to get back on the pitch to help the Union.
“I have a lot of trust in all the guys in the locker room and the coaching staff,” Le Toux said. “The season didn’t start the way we expected. We have gone through some tough times and it’s up to us to get it all turned around. We just have to go out and do it together. We have the players to do it. There’s so much talent in here. We’ve just made little mistakes at the wrong times. We’ve had our chances. We need to execute and start putting points on the board. It’s not easy, but that’s what faces us.”
Le Toux likes what he sees in training. For the Union to be successful, Le Toux believes the club needs to transfer that execution to the matches.
“We have good training sessions and then we go to some games and we don’t execute quite as well for some reason,” he said. “I’m confident we’ll turn it around.”
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