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Sebastien Le Toux Returns to the Union

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According to The Brotherly Game and Soccer by Ives, Sebastien Le Toux is headed back to the Philadelphia Union.  The deal includes sending allocation money and Costa Rica international Josue Martinez over to the New York Red Bulls.  Martinez struggled to find much playing time on the pitch this year after being traded over from Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa S.A.D.

Sebastien Le Toux was the Union’s leading goal scorer with 11 goals in 2011 before being unceremoniously traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps by former Union head coach Piotr Nowak.  Le Toux’s trade to Vancouver brought down already low opinion among fans of Nowak’s management of the team.  Le Toux did not make much of an impact in Vancouver and was traded to the New York Red Bulls on July 13th of 2012.  New York never really seemed like a proper fit for the frenchman, he scored only one goal while with the squad.

With his return to Philadelphia set, not only are the fans surely happy, but Le Toux himself is probably thrilled.  Seba has ties to the Philadelphia area and probably feels like he has some unfinished business with the Union after the way his trade was handled.  Bringing back Le Toux also brings back a veteran presence to the team that was severly lacking during the 2012 season.  The question that obviously will be on everyone’s mind is whether we are getting back the Sebastien Le Toux who helped lead the 2011 Union to the playoffs or the Le Toux who was less than dynamic in 2012 with Vancouver and New York.  Only time will tell, but for now, welcome home Seba, we missed you.

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