CHESTER, Pa. — The Philadelphia Union may be a long shot to make the postseason this year, but that won’t stop their star forward, Sebastien Le Toux, from working hard for the team’s remaining six matches.
Scoring an impressive 11 goals and adding 10 assists, Le Toux has been one of the top performers on the first-year club and insists that their position in the table has no influence on his play.
“I’m going to continue to play hard every game and try and raise my number of goals and assists,” said Le Toux on Wednesday. “If I do that, then maybe it’ll be easier to win games.”
Le Toux’s goal is to ensure his team puts on a good show for the Philadelphia supporters who regularly fill PPL Park to see the Union play. Only two losses in 11 matches in the City of Brotherly Love is proof of how important being successful at home is to the team.
“It’s been a little bit bizarre because we are almost out of the playoffs,” said Le Toux of the Union’s practice sessions leading to the match against Chivas USA. “Our focus has been to really play well for our fans at home and try to win this game and to show we haven’t given up.”
An added incentive for Le Toux is the MVP award, a race in which he is one of the top choices at the moment. If he can maintain his current form and is able to bring the honor to Philadelphia in his first season with the club, it would be a massive boost for not just him but the entire team as well.
“I think very highly of the club and the people that work here and it would be really nice to win an individual award like the MVP for them,” said Le Toux, who is currently fourth in the league in goals and second in assists. “There are a lot of other really strong candidates, so as long as I continue to play well then maybe I can bring the award here.
"I’m fortunate to have done as well as I have given that it’s our first year in the league and I’d like score even more to help the team."