A Lament for Le Toux
I was fortunate enough to attend the 2011 Philadelphia Union Supporters Summit last August. Don Garber, Nick Sakiewicz, and Peter Nowak were all there to field questions from Sons of Ben members. There representing the players of the Union were captain Faryd Mondragon and fan favorite Sebastien Le Toux.
Both of those players are now gone.
Now the Philadelphia Daily News’ Kerith Gabriel is right; MLS is a business and trades and other personnel changes are going to happen for the betterment of the team. But the way this whole thing has been handled, especially with Le Toux’s account of everything that happened in the off-season to the Delaware County Times’ Chris Vito, just leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.
Le Toux has been so much of the public face of the Union, so much of our identity. When new uniforms were unveiled for 2012, it was Seba starring in the video. When the Union partnered with Bimbo Bakeries, it was Seba who came back from vacation to be the face of the partnership. He may have been pushed to Bolton last month, but Seba wanted Major League Soccer to be his home, and the Philadelphia to be his team.
We’ll carry on, but Le Toux will be missed immensely by so many of the Union faithful.
But with the allegations put forward by Le Toux there’s a huge sense of anxiety and uncertainty about the Union that needs to be repaired. In my opinion, Danny Califf needs to be named captain quickly so we have a familiar face we know and love to rally behind ahead of the 2012 season.
Unless you’re dumping him, too.
We’ll miss you Seba, you crazy Frenchman. Best of luck in Vancouver.
(Earl Gardner did a lovely photo essay for the Philly Soccer Page of pictures from Le Toux’s farewell party last night.)