December 28, 2010
THE YEAR’S TOP STORIES #4
Sebastien LeToux has an MVP season
It isn’t often that an expansion team, picking players off the scrap pile of other teams, come up with a legitimate Most Valuable Player candidate and one of the top scorers in the league. That Sebastien Le Toux turned into that player for the Philadelphia Union ranks fourth on the Philly Soccer News list of the top ten local stories of 2010.
|Sebastein Le Toux had an MVP caliber season for the Philadelphia Union.
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Le Toux had a stellar 2010 season, leading MLS in combined goals and assists with a total of 25 (14 goals and 11 assists), receiving the Xbox 360 Individual Fair Play Award, starting the All-Star Game against Manchester United, and emerging as one of the premier offensive stars in MLS. Le Toux also set an MLS record for percentage involvement in his club's goals, playing a role in 71.4 percent of the Union's 35 goals.
The versatile attacker was left unprotected by Seattle Sounders FC in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft, where he was selected by Team Manager Peter Nowak and his coaching staff. The 26-year-old's work-rate and humility have endeared him to the fan base, and he’s quickly become the face of the franchise in Philadelphia Union’s inaugural season.
Union Manager Peter Nowak, for one though Le Toux deserved the league MVP award.
“Ifyou see how many guys deserve it from the whole league and in what capacity they make their team better than there is no better candidate then Sebastien Le Toux, a one-man show who makes this team better, Nowak said late in the season”