French forward moving west to Vancouver.The Philadelphia Union announced on Tuesday that they have traded forward and MLS All-Star Sebastien Le Toux to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for an undisclosed amount of allocation money.
"While this decision wasn't easy, we are confident that the allocation money we receive will provide the flexibility for us to compile the best possible roster for 2012 and beyond," said Team Manager Peter Nowak. "Sebastien has been a valuable member of our team for two years and we thank him for his many contributions to the club."
Le Toux, 28, has easily been the Union's most productive player in his two seasons with the club, scoring a total of 25 goals and adding 20 assists in 62 appearances.
"Sebastien is a proven goalscorer and playmaker in Major League Soccer,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie. “He is a durable, fit, and speedy attacker, who is capable of playing either up front or wide in midfield. We’re delighted to bring Sebastien back to the Pacific Northwest and add another quality player to our squad."
With Le Toux moving on, the Union is banking on the continued development of players like former no. 1 overall pick Danny Mwanga and Colombian midfielder Roger Torres, as well as big name acquisition Freddy Adu.
"We feel that in the best interest of our club these decisions need to be made for our short and long-term benefit," said Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. "Although we achieved great success making it to the semifinals of the playoffs last year we are not in any way content with that.
"We operate in a highly competitive and demanding marketplace and we believe the moves we have made and continue to make improve our roster and give us a better chance to advance past the semifinals. We thank Sebastien for his significant contributions both on and off the field and wish him the best in Vancouver."
Philadelphia will welcome Le Toux and Vancouver to PPL Park on March 31.
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