Sébastien Le Toux
Sébastien Le Toux (French pronunciation: [sebastjɛ̃ lə tu]; born 10 January 1984) is a retired French footballer who spent the majority of his professional career at Philadelphia Union and last played for D.C. United.
Le Toux playing against Seattle
|Date of birth||10 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Mont-Saint-Aignan, France|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position(s)||Forward, winger|
|2009||Seattle Sounders FC||28||(1)|
|2012||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||19||(4)|
|2012||New York Red Bulls||14||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:45, 17 August 2017 (UTC)|
The versatile attacker, who became Philadelphia's first All-Star representative in 2010, was widely regarded as one of the hardest workers in the league. Le Toux won the MLS Individual Fair Play Award in both 2010 and 2011. Le Toux racked up over 263 career MLS appearances with 59 goals and 57 assists in nine years in MLS.
Le Toux unsuccessfully tried out for MLS side FC Dallas, before eventually signing with the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division in early 2007. Le Toux netted 10 goals for the Sounders in 2007, tying him with Charles Gbeke of the Montreal Impact as the division's top goal-scorer; he would eventually go on to score 24 goals in 54 league appearances for the team. On 28 September 2007, Le Toux became Seattle's fourth USL First Division Most Valuable Player. 
He scored the first goal in a 1–1 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy. He had more success in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on the run to the 2009 Open Cup Final and had an assist on the winning goal to Roger Levesque in the 2–1 victory at RFK Stadium against D.C. United.
Le Toux was not among Seattle's protected 11 players for the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft. He was selected by Philadelphia Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft. He scored a hat trick in the Philadelphia Union's first official home match in Major League Soccer as the Union defeated D.C. United 3–2. Sebastien Le Toux's eighth goal of the season gave the Union a first half lead in front of 18,137 fans at PPL Park. He scored his 10th goal of the season in the 33rd minute for the Union, taking a pass from rookie Danny Mwanga and sending a clean shot past Wizards goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. His 11th league goal of the season in the 36th minute, leading the Philadelphia Union over Chicago 1–0. Le Toux scored on a penalty deep into stoppage time to give the Philadelphia Union a 2–1 win over Toronto FC. He scored once again against his former club Seattle Sounders, trailing 1–0 entering the second half, Le Toux got the equalizer on a penalty kick in the 54th minute. He finished the 2010 MLS season with 14 league goals. On 8 June, Le Toux was named a nominee for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
On 18 January 2012, Le Toux, on his personal Twitter page, said that he was "on a jet plane to England" and the day after Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle confirmed that the striker was having a trial with the Premier League side. The trial, however, did not lead to a contract offer.
Vancouver Whitecaps FCEdit
On 31 January 2012, Philadelphia traded Le Toux to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for allocation money. Le Toux scored four minutes into his MLS debut for the Whitecaps on 10 March, a 2–0 home victory over new side Montreal Impact.
New York Red BullsEdit
Le Toux was traded to New York Red Bulls on 13 July 2012 in exchange for Dane Richards and allocation money. He scored 24 minutes into his first game with the Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders on 15 July 2012 in a match that ended in a 2–2 draw. In his second game, the 1–0 home win against Chicago Fire, Le Toux got the assist for a goal from Thierry Henry with a cross-field ball to the striker.
Return to PhiladelphiaEdit
On 24 January 2017, Le Toux was signed to D.C. United as a free agent. He scored his first goal for DC against the New England Revolution on April 22, 2017. In the next game, he would score his second and last goal for DC against Atlanta United FC on April 30, 2017.
Le Toux and United mutually agreed to terminate his contract on 17 August 2017.
Le Toux has not been capped by France at any level. In an interview on 2 July 2008, he declared himself available and willing to play for the United States national team.
Le Toux was born and raised in Rennes, France. He has two brothers and one sister.
On 5 August 2010, it was announced that Le Toux has received a United States green card, making him a permanent resident of the country and qualifying him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Total|
|2004–05||FC Lorient||Ligue 2||12||0||0||0||1||0||13||0|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2007||Seattle Sounders||USL First Division||24||10||5||5||5||0||34||15|
|2009||Seattle Sounders FC||Major League Soccer||28||1||4||1||2||0||34||2|
|Canada||League||Voyageurs Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2012||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||Major League Soccer||19||4||2||2||0||0||21||6|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2012||New York Red Bulls||Major League Soccer||14||1||1||0||0||0||15||1|
Source: Soccerway Stats
- Coupe Gambardella (1): 2003
Seattle Sounders FCEdit
- "Final USL-1 Awards announced: Q & A Session with goalkeepers McIntosh & Eylander". usl1.uslsoccer.com. United Soccer Leagues. 28 September 2007. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2008.
- "Sounders FC signs first player". Seattle Times. 8 May 2008. Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
- "MLS Salaries" (PDF). MLS Players Union. Retrieved 11 June 2008.[dead link]
- Romero, Jose (23 November 2009). "The Protected 11 from Sounders FC". The Seattle Times.
- Union select 10 players in expansion draft Archived 28 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- "VIDEO: Le Toux Nets Hat Trick In Home Debut of the Union". The Offside. Archived from the original on 7 June 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
- "Major League Soccer". CNN. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011.
- "Revs Rally For Philly Draw". soccer365.com. 365 Corporation. 1 August 2010. Archived from the original on 3 August 2010.
- "Le Toux scores to give Union 1-0 victory over Fire". ajc.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Associated Press. 11 September 2010. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011.
- "MLS: Philadelphia 3, Seattle 1". upi.com. United Press International. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- "2011". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- Sébastien Le Toux [@SebastienLeToux] (17 January 2012). "On a jet plane to England" (Tweet). Retrieved 18 January 2012 – via Twitter.
- "Coyle confirms Le Toux arrival". Sky Sports. British Sky Broadcasting. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
- "Union trade Le Toux to Whitecaps FC". philadelphiaunion.com. Philadelphia Union. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- "Report: Vancouver Whitecaps v Montreal Impact - Major League Soccer". soccernet.espn.go.com. ESPN Soccernet. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- "'Caps acquire Jamaican international Richards and allocation money from Red Bulls for Le Toux". whitecapsfc.com. Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "Union reacquires forward Sebastien Le Toux". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- "Colorado Rapids acquire Sebastien Le Toux, trade Luis Solignac to Chicago". MLSsoccer.com. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
- "United sign MLS veteran Sébastien Le Toux". D.C. United. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
- "United and Sébastien Le Toux mutually terminate contract". 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
- "Je suis un Américain. I want to play for the country which has accepted me!". Prost Amerika. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
- "Le Toux Receives Green Card". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 23 August 2010.