The Union have only scored two goals in three matches to start the 2011 season, but Sebastien Le Toux wants you to know that it has nothing to do with his preseason ankle injury.
Le Toux received an MRI on his left ankle March 14, but hasn't missed any time. He insists he’s fully recovered and not hampered in any way.
“I’m 100 percent,” he told philadelphiaunion.com on Tuesday. “We’ve had tape on it, but since the first game against Houston I’m 100 percent. I want people to know my injury is fine.
“We can make excuses about why we haven’t been scoring goals, but for me I know it’s not my ankle, it’s because I have to progress more and go about my game.”
Le Toux has been directly involved in both of Philadelphia’s goals, hitting the crossbar in Houston, which led to Danny Califf’s goal, and assisting on Carlos Ruiz’s game-winner in the home opener vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps.
He has yet to find his sensational form of a year ago – when he led MLS in combined goals and assists with 25 – but the 27-year-old Best XI member says it’s simply a matter of needing to develop new chemistry with strike partners Ruiz and Danny Mwanga.
“Last year I think everybody saw me and Danny work well,” he said, “and this year now Carlos is here and we have to work with all his quality too. It will take time for me and Danny to make sure [the three of us] know each other well enough to score lots of goals up front.”
The Union return to action Wednesday night, 7:30 p.m. vs. DC United in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifier at the Maryland SoccerPlex. On Saturday, Philadelphia will host the New York Red Bulls at PPL Park.