It doesn’t matter whether you like the Union (soccer) or not. Yesterday, the team sold their best player, Sebastien Le Toux, to the Vancouver Whitecaps* for an undisclosed sum of money that some think will be put toward signing current rent-a-player Roger Torres. As you might imagine, Le Toux was pissed at that reality, and he spoke with Chris Vito of the Daily Times yesterday to tell us all just how pissed he really was.
*For those who don't know– Two weeks ago, Le Toux was nearly sold to Bolton in England, but performed poorly at a tryout and was sent back to the Union.
Here’s some of what Seba told Vito: [Delco Times]
“The only thing they wanted is the money,” Le Toux said. “Being with this team and being a guy, not to build around, but to help this team, was what I wanted. … They must have wanted to sell me for money because they needed money. We don’t have a nice practice facility and that is something they promised since I am here. It’s terrible.
“That’s why they pushed me to Bolton — money.”
“I asked Peter (Monday at YSC) what was going on and he didn’t let me talk,” Le Toux said. “He started to get mad at me, telling me that I was very not respectful to leave Bolton early. I told him, ‘First, I respect myself.’ But I always did everything they asked me to do. I came from vacation in the Dominican Republic for the Bimbo (sponsorship) announcement. I always was respectful. … It was like he was saying, ‘I don’t know if I can trust you on this team.’
“I’m sad because of the way I was treated. I’m disgusted,” Le Toux said. “I’m sorry for the guy who already bought my jersey. Maybe he can get the refund.”
Wow. In this world of political correctness – at least in front of reporters – Le Toux’s comments come as a bit of a surprise. He is undoubtedly playing the role of scorned lover in this performance, and with that comes the hurt feelings and finger pointing, but his comments are sure to resonate with Philly fans, regardless of taste: beloved player accuses local team of a heartless, directionless money grab.
Needless to say, if this were the Eagles or Phillies, we would be hurling pitchforks CBP and The Linc.
What’s worse, Le Toux is beloved by the Union faithful. And never was that more evident than when a tearful Seba and his smoking hot girlfriend showed up at Kildare’s in West Chester last night to thank fans, who serenaded him and showered him with gifts. Really.
Must-see video after the jump. In 2012, you rarely – if ever – see an athlete display this sort of gratitude and accessibility to his fans… even if he is only an MLS player.
H/T to reader Tommy for the video find. Video originally taken – sideways – by barbcvphilly on YouTube. We edited and rotated.
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