It’s important to realize your mistakes.
On Friday, the Philadelphia Union recognized a big one in allowing Sebastien Le Toux to go in January.
Maybe it was for better or for worse – and time will truly tell – but after a season we had in 2012, it felt good to restore hope among our supporters that as Union CEO and managing partner Nick Sakiewicz said “we heard you and we listened.”
Our greatest aspiration is that Le Toux, 28, returns to the form that made him the “lifeblood of Philadelphia soccer,” as one fan told philadelphiaunion.com today. His goal scoring knack and hustle allowed him to capture a Philadelphia fan base that isn’t easily smitten. But with whatever happens he’s ecstatic to be back here, telling this reporter he barely slept Thursday night overwhelmed with the emotions of a year that came full circle inside the PPL Park locker room at around 10:05 a.m.
In addition to Monsieur Le Toux, we also acquired another big name in defender Jeff Parke. Parke, 30, just made the Union back four a dominant force akin to the one in 2011 that allowed just three goals in the first 10 matches en route to the team’s only playoff appearance.
In addition, we look at Parke not only as a defender with All-Star quality, but with immense marketing power as a local boy who is well received as a player hailing from Montgomery County (born in Abington), Chester County (starred at Downingtown West High School) and Philly as an all-conference player at Drexel. His knowledge of the game and high work rate will definitely raise the bar on an already talented back line.
Something to ponder though: when speaking of the back line now given the names on the roster…who’s the odd man out?
Should make for an awesome preseason under the Floridian sun…
If you missed Le Toux’ re-introductory press conference we got you covered in addition to this video we put out Thursday of Le Toux’ greatest hits. Also, there’s a funny story that has to go with the above photo…we had a season ticket holder who was on the fence with renewing his four season tickets. It was much of the same story that our dedicated ticket representatives have heard, “we blew up the team,” “traded away our best players,” yada yada yada. So after Le Toux’ signing we had Seba call this guy, who was not only overjoyed for the call – but renewed on the spot.
Couple of announcements before we let you go…
On Saturday, the Sons of Ben are kicking off their Help Kick Hunger drive at Franklin’s (3259 Cresson St., Phila) in East Falls. It all goes down at 7:30 p.m. and we hear defender Sheanon Williams and a surprise guest will be in attendance. Tickets are $35 and all proceeds go to a great cause. For more info, click here.
Also, join us to celebrate Le Toux’ return at our “Le Tuesday” on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Kildare’s in West Chester. That starts at 6:30 p.m.
Lastly, we got some great responses the last time we answered questions from you, the fan. We are going to make that a regular feature in the near future so keep sending your questions in with the hashtag #Uquestions and we’ll answer them as best we can. Not all will be selected and if you send us anything derogatory it’ll end up in the recycle bin where it belongs.
Enjoy your weekend, catch you all Monday.
Contact Kerith Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Kerith on Twitter @sprtswtr