NEW YORK, (November 16, 2010) – Philadelphia Union Forward Sebastien Le Toux has been named to Major League Soccer’s Best XI, the League announced today. Voted on by members of the media, MLS players, coaches, and general managers, the acknowledgement recognizes the best eleven players in MLS for the 2010 season.
"It is a great award and I am very honored to have been selected,” said Le Toux. “I want to thank all my teammates and the coaching staff, as well as the fans, for their support all season long."
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Le Toux has had a stellar 2010 season, leading MLS in combined goals and assists with a total of 25 (14 goals and 11 assists), receiving the Xbox 360 Individual Fair Play Award, starting the All-Star Game against Manchester United, and emerging as one of the premier offensive stars in MLS. Le Toux also set an MLS record for percentage involvement in his club's goals, playing a role in 71.4 percent of the Union's 35 goals.
The versatile attacker was left unprotected by Seattle Sounders FC in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft, where he was selected by Team Manager Peter Nowak and his coaching staff. The 26-year-old's work-rate and humility have endeared him to the fan base, and he’s quickly become the face of the franchise in Philadelphia Union’s inaugural season.
2010 MLS Best XI:
Donovan Ricketts, LA Galaxy: The Jamaican goalkeeper started 29 matches in 2010, posting a 18-7-4 record with 11 shutouts and a .900 goals-against average, good for third best in the league.
Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake: The big Colombian center back led the RSL defense to a new record for fewest goals scored in a season (20), and he added three goals at the other end.
Nat Borchers, Real Salt Lake: The American missed only 27 minutes all season long. He also scored two goals, including a stoppage-time header to save a point against rivals Colorado.
Omar Gonzalez, LA Galaxy: Last year’s Rookie of the Year was even better in 2010, leading the league’s second-stingiest defense (26 goals against). He also notched two goals.
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Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy: The US international led the league in assists (16) for the first time in his career. He also hit seven goals of his own. This is his fourth Best XI nod.
David Ferreira, FC Dallas: The Colombian playmaker scored eight goals and dished out 13 assists, second-most in the league. Despite being the most fouled player in MLS, he played all but one minute of the regular season.
Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake: The Argentine number 10 had another balanced season, hitting seven goals and posting nine assists, leading the league’s most prolific attack.
Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia Union: A breakout season by the French attacker made the expansion side competitive from the start. Winner of the Fair Play Award, he finished with 14 goals and 11 assists, accounting for 71.4 percent of Philadelphia’s scoring.
Dwayne De Rosario, Toronto FC: Always dangerous, the Canadian international hit 15 goals for the Reds, including five matchwinners. This is his fifth Best XI nod, tying him with Chris Armas and Jaime Moreno for most all-time.
Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes: The previously unheralded striker exploded for six goals in the final four games to take the Golden Boot with 18 total goals. Nine of them were game-winning goals, helping theQuakes reach the playoffs for the first time since reforming in 2008.
Edson Buddle, LA Galaxy: The US international scored nine goals in the first six games, earning himself a spot on the World Cup team. He finished with 17 goals, good for second in the Golden Boot race.
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Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the ownership group of Philadelphia Union and is comprised of Chairman/Owner Jay Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Christopher Buccini, Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of The Buccini/Pollin Group. The group launched the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened PPL Park, the brand new $122 million soccer specific stadium on the Chester Waterfront, on June 27, 2010. PPL Park, the home of Philadelphia Union, holds approximately 18,500 seats and will host various events throughout the year. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.