October 27, 2012
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Le Toux returns to PPL to nice ovation, but will he return to Red Bulls, MLS next year?
CHESTER, Pa. -- With 16 minutes remaining in the Red Bulls' 3-0 triumph over the Philadelphia Union, Sebastien Le Toux came on for goal-scoring hero Kenny Cooper.
|Sebastien Le Toux greets Philadelphia fans and signs autographs from the Red Bulls bench before Saturday's 3-0 win over the Union.
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He got a nice reception from the fans, particularly from the Sons of Ben.
Le Toux was a fan favorite when he played here in 2010-2011, connecting 25 times in 62 games.
“Always good for me to come back here," he said. "It’s an area I really love. I did not expect them to cheer but the standing ovation was great. It made it sweeter. I had good memories here and it’s nice to know they still remember me. It is always better than boos. I really appreciated the fans support.”
It might have been Le Toux's final regular-season game for the Red Bulls, but in Major League Soccer as well. Of course, the Red Bulls still have at least two more matches remaining against D.C. United in the MLS playoffs.
Le Toux's contract runs out at the end of this season and there has been speculation that he would like to test the waters across the Atlantic next season.
“In December I will decide what I want to do," Le Toux said on Saturday. "The final is on the first [Dec. 1] and hopefully we will be there. I will discuss with my agent at the end of the year and we will decide if I will be playing here [MLS] or in Europe.”
There has also been some speculation that LeToux could return to the Union, since the team replaced former team manager Peter Nowak with John Hackworth.
It should not be surprising that Le Toux was a fan favorite. He scored 25 goals in 62 games in two seasons with the Union before he was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps. In July, the Red Bulls acquired Le Toux for Jamaican international Dane Richards.