Chester, Pa. (January 30, 2012) – Philadelphia Union today announced that the club has traded forward Sebastien Le Toux to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for allocation money. Per MLS and club policies, the terms of the trade were not disclosed.
"While this decision wasn't easy, we are confident that the allocation money we receive will provide the flexibility for us to compile the best possible roster for 2012 and beyond," said Union manager Peter Nowak. "Sebastien has been a valuable member of our team for two years and we thank him for his many contributions to the club."
"We feel that in the best interest of our club these decisions need to be made for our short and long-term benefit," added Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. "Although we achieved great success making it to the semifinals of the playoffs last year we are not in any way content with that. We operate in a highly competitive and demanding marketplace and believe the moves we have made and continue to make improve our roster and give us a better chance to advance past the semifinals. We thank Sebastien for his significant contributions both on and off the field and wish him the best in Vancouver."
Le Toux was selected by the Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft from the Seattle Sounders and quickly became the most productive offensive player on the team, scoring 14 goals and recording 11 assists in 28 starts in 2010. For his efforts, he was voted to the MLS Best XI and was named Philadelphia’s first-ever All-Star selection.
A back-to-back MLS Individual Fair Play Award winner in 2010 and 2011, Le Toux started every match last year, scoring 11 goals and recording nine assists in the regular season before adding a goal in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Houston Dynamo.
The Union open up the 2012 season on March 12 with a nationally televised game against Portland at 9:30 p.m. EST. The club then returns home to PPL Park on Sunday, March 18 to face the Colorado Rapids at 4:00 p.m.