Sources: Sebastien Le Toux will Retire as a Union Player

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He scored the first goal in Philadelphia Union history and would go on to score boatloads more.

Sebastien Le Toux will sign a one-day ceremonial contract to retire as a Union player, sources told Crossing Broad on Wednesday. A press conference is expected to take place later this month.

The 34-year-old Frenchman had two separate stints in Chester and is the most accomplished player in the franchise’s short history. He scored 50 regular season goals, one playoff goal, and five U.S. Open Cup goals. He also bagged 50 assists, playing sometimes as a forward and sometimes on the right wing under three different managers.

Le Toux was Philadelphia’s first All-Star and first double-digit goal scorer. He remains the franchise leader in the following categories:

  • games played (175)
  • goals (56 in all competitions)
  • assists (50+)
  • shots (320)
  • shots on goal (144)

Le Toux bagged a hat trick in the Union’s very first home game, a 3-2 win against D.C. United back in April of 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field.

I logged Seba’s ten-best Union goals in a 2016 article and chose this one as the best:

That was vintage Le Toux, getting behind the defense, latching on to a long ball, and finishing with ease. That’s still the best first touch I’ve ever seen from a Union player.

He originally came to Philadelphia as part of the 2010 expansion draft, left unprotected by the Seattle Sounders, where he played from 2007 to 2009. After two successful years in Philly, he was controversially traded by former manager Peter Nowak before returning to the club in 2013. Le Toux was traded to Colorado midway through the 2016 season, signed with D.C. as a free agent in 2017, then left the team by mutual consent in August.

Sebastien finished his MLS career with 263 regular season games played, 207 starts, and 18,803 minutes logged.

That’s not a bad run at all.




20 Responses

  1. Well done by the Union. Makes sense to retire the number as well, at some point. Can’t say “well done” about really anything the Union does, so at least they got this right.

  2. Best news regarding this club in a long time! Awesome to hear Kevin! I thought I saw something recently that he was doing youth coaching in Jersey, but I’m glad him and the Union were able to amicably amend feelings to make this happen.

  3. Seba is a legend and a gentleman. The best possible type of player the Union could ever hope for!

  4. Stop the presses, a nobody playing for a irrelevant team playing a sport no one in the country cares about is retiring! Nice work Kevin!

  5. 25 years from now the trivia question will be “Name the only player of consequence ever in the first 10 years of this god awful joke of a franchise”

  6. First class human being – truly the only player who ever captured the hearts in the first decade of this franchise.

  7. OMG I’m soooooooo happy! This is the best idea since CB decided to do 2 podcasts about the 5th sport in the area.

  8. then neither am I…who ever heard of a 5 for 5 guy??? WTF

        1. that comment was about as serious as your existence on this website

      1. You look like that schkafong whose ass I kicked back in Bad News Bristol.

  9. Sources: I’m single-handedly keeping Mousse on store shelves.

  10. Good to hear this will happen. He ‘s won’t go down as the most skillful Union player in the early years but his work-rate, pace, endurance, and goals scoring ability was probably the most entertaining aspect. He covered more ground than any Philly athlete, lungs of a horse. (always wanted to know what he could run a mile in, probably sub 4 mins) He’s been one of the classiest players connecting with the fans, always willing to take a picture or sign an autograph and you knew he really wanted to be a Union player. Would be a great person for the Union to hire as a local ambassador and ticket sales rep, hopefully he finds a decent job to keep him busy with soccer in the area.
    A few of my favorite Le Toux moments – the hatrick at the first Union home game at the Linc in 2010 – that was really an amazing, instant classic performance, the playoff game goal, the goal in his first home game after returning in 2013, and that sweet one touch with the left in the air and finish with the right off the Roger Torres through ball. Best off the field moment were those terrible karioke’s they used to play on the big screen, absolutely hilarious. Goofy French guy!
    Certainly the toughest moment was that winter day in early 2012 when we learned he’d been traded by Nowak, I’m a well adjusted adult, but that one hurt and had me very bummed out. Arguably the day the Union died. The second time hurt too, but everyone knew the Union was a shit mess of a franchise by that point.
    Most successful player of the Union’s first decade.
    And one other crazy thing, I can’t think of a Philly sports legend/fan favorite who was traded away twice! Nuts
    Thanks Seba and I’ll certainty be there when you’re soon honored. He’s going to get a heck of a standing ovation.

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