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Is Sebastien Le Toux odd man out for Philadelphia Union?

Apr 25, 2013, 4:35 PM EST

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Remember when Sebastien Le Toux was all that?  Yeah, good times.

Caught in the wash of Jack McInerney’s rise and a back-to-the-future showing from Conor Casey, who was also quite zippy and accurate of foot in the Union’s big Round 8 road win in D.C., is the Frenchman who made his MLS name at PPL Park.

Le Toux was such a force back in 2010 and 2011, when he hit 25 goals for the Union, establishing his place as an MLS All-Star and one of the league’s most prodigious goal producers over that time.

But then 2012 happened. And now the guy can’t seem to catch a break. Because McInerney is McInerney, and Casey is looking like the Casey of 2010. That all leaves Le Toux as the odd man out. For now, at least.

It is a long season, as Union manager John Hackworth points out. Given that Le Toux works hard enough to perform out of the midfield, he’ll surely find minutes at PPL Park along the long, hot, taxing summer. (Even though young attacker Antoine Hoppenot will compete for the same minutes.)

Said Hackworth during his weekly press conference:

“Seba is very important to our team, no question. It might appear to people that he’s not playing enough, but that’s a sign of a good team, when you have depth.”

“What we will find as we go through this very long season is that Le Toux is very effective, that he’s important to us, that he plays a lot. He is very important to us and I expect him to contribute when called upon.”

  1. mvktr2 - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Hackworth would do well to supplement Casey’s time. Odd man out doesn’t fit if the manager is smart about his use of injury prone Casey. Additionally Kleibersen needs to replace Daniel or even give Torres a shot as the team needs more creative punch centrally.

  2. charliej11 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Why does no one want LaToux. ?

    Seattle unprotected, Philly trade….repeat, repeat….Philly not starting

    • Steve Davis - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      Coaches have told me that he tends to freelance, which can work OK in some less-structured systems, or if you are such a dominant force that teams build your freelancing tendencies into the structure. Le Toux does work hard, so there’s that …

      • charliej11 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Hmmm.

        Is freelancing running hard than most and covering ground others would never get to ?

        I have a softspot for him, as he was a big part of the championship year and the first player signed by the MLS version of the Sounders.

      • charliej11 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        ….And keeping Jaqua over him was rediculously stupid

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