Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Union deal Le toux to Vancouver FC

Chester, PA (The Phanatic Magazine) - After a lackluster tryout overseas, the Union's all-time leading scorer Sebastien Le Toux won't be sold to Bolton after all but he also will not be returning to Chester.

Le Toux announced via Twitter that he's been traded to Vancouver.

"Just got traded to Vancouver ! Saddest day for me in my Philadelphia Union story. Still can't believe it," the former All-Star Tweeted.

The Union announced via press release that the trade was for allocation money. Terms of the deal, per MLS rules, were not disclosed.

"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 scored 26 goals and had 17 assists in 64 games over the Union's first two seasons. He is the second high-profile player to leave the club in as many days after the team allowed All_Star goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon to sign with Colombian team Deportivo Cali.

"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."

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