How home openers and midfielder Sebastien Le Toux became quite fond of one another


So it appears Sebastien Le Toux and Union home openers are quite fond on one another.

Philadelphia's all-time goals leader added another on Saturday, this one a game-winner in the 2014 home opener.

The Union improved to four points and remain unbeaten with the 1-0 shutout win against New England.

"I woke up this morning, it was hard to fall asleep last night," Le Toux told reporters postgame. "We knew we would have a full house today. We came off a good game away in Portland and we wanted to get the win. You wake up, you eat breakfast, you've got a 4pm game and you know you're going to have a great turnout. It's always an awesome thing to be on the field and to be able to start the home opener."

For Le Toux, there's just something special about these games.

Sebastien has either scored or assisted in every single home opener dating back to 2010.

That year, he bagged his first three franchise goals in the historic win over D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field.

In 2011, he assisted on the Carlos Ruiz goal that sank Vancouver and gave the Union a second straight win to begin the season.

The pattern didn't stop, despite his trade to the Whitecaps in 2012. He scored for the 'Caps in the fourth minute of their March 10 victory against Montreal.

Then, when Le Toux returned to Philadelphia in 2013, he scored the Union's first goal of the season against Kansas City on March 2.

If you're keeping track, that's six goals and one assist for Sebastien in his last five home openers.

"I don't know, I get off to a good start," Le Toux laughed, when asked about his penchant for scoring goals in those opening games. "I hope I'm going to score more goals this year and help the team more offensively. It was good, I'm happy about that just happy that we got those three points. Two games with one tie and one win is a good start for this year."

If you want to add even another wrinkle, Sebastien scored in his New York Red Bulls debut on July 15. It was a 2-2 draw and Le Toux's goal was in the 24th minute.

He also had a goal and two assist in the very first game at PPL Park, which was the 3-1 win against Seattle.

"Most important is those three points I think," Le Toux added. "We wanted to start well at home and getting a shutout was very important too. Just 1-0, but we'll take the win and it was a great performance from everybody today."

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