When the 2010 Major League Soccer schedule was released, Sebastien Le Toux had to do a double take – March 25, 2010: Philadelphia Union at Seattle Sounders FC.
The first player ever signed by Seattle Sounders FC on May 8, 2008, Le Toux will now be facing his old club as a member of Philadelphia Union.
Amazing. Le Toux still has so many friends in the Seattle area, and it will be nice to see them. But come game time he’ll only have one allegiance, and that’s to Philadelphia.
“I have a lot of respect for all of them on the field,” Le Toux said. “But I want to win the game for Philadelphia Union. I know all of them. They were a part of me from the past. There’s no time to be nice when the game starts. Then it’s time to win the game.”
Le Toux started in 15 of 28 games for Seattle last season, scoring one goal and dishing out three assists.
The day before Thanksgiving, the talented and versatile forward was selected by Philadelphia Union in the expansion draft, along with nine other players.
Leaving Seattle wasn’t easy. The fans adored him. They even had a going-away party.
But joining Philadelphia Union was a great situation. It will be even better if he can help his new club pull out a victory Thursday night at Qwest Field.
“It’s something new for me and it’s going to be special to see all of them,” said Le Toux, who played for FC Lorient from 2004-06 in France’s Ligue 2. “It’s going to be nice to see everyone. I’m pretty excited. I had a great feeling about my time playing in Seattle.”
Le Toux is certainly prepared for the type of raucous environment waiting for Philadelphia Union.
He believes the club is more than ready to open this historic 2010 season.
“We’re prepared to play this team,” Le Toux said. “It’s going to be special and very nice. I hope to help Philadelphia Union win the game.”