Sebastien Le Toux seemed to be off his game last year and early this year. Even the folks at Brotherly Love said he simply wasn't good during the Three Questions post before the Sounders-Union game. But something has definitely changed, and after a two-assist game Wednesday in Philadelphia's 3-0 win over Crew, Le Toux now leads MLS in assists with six so far in 2013.
I watched a bit of this game: The Union basically played with three in the front - Connor Casey, Le Toux, and Jack McInerney, and the trio really ate up Columbus, helped on by some fine defensive midfield work by Brian Carroll.
Here's a video of Le Toux's work on the second goal - working hard to create the turnover, busting out down the wing and then a sublime cross, with just a slight bend that brought it back onto the diving head of Connor Casey. Shades of 2009 for Seattle's favorite Frenchman.
The transfer season is really starting to pick up some steam. The top rumor Wednesday came from an ESPN Deportes reporter who said Galaxy have filed an $8 million transfer offer for Mexican striker Gio Dos Santos, currently with Mallorca. Meanwhile DeMarcus Beasley is playing down talk he may return to MLS, saying he would prefer to stay in Mexico, despite being released by Puebla. At ProSoccerTalk they take a look at a list of players recently released in the Barclay's Premier League, and which might make sense on an MLS roster.
One in-league transfer that didn't happen apparently has Toronto FC officials upset. Apparently they were involved as a third team in the deal that sent Bakary Soumare from Philly to Chicago. But then Philly "un-included" them.
Eric pointed out all the expansion talk in MLS these days in yesterday's link post. Apparently the folks in Orlando are aware of it all, and are upping the ante, hiring a former MLS exec to help them get their foot in the door. Meanwhile, the NASL Cosmos announced a shirt sponsor, Emirates airlines. Personally I think these Cosmos folks are full of hot air, an opinion this blog at the Wall Street Journal seems to agree with. They did have Pele at the kit unveiling though, which was cool.
For their part, the folks over at Big D Soccer think the idea of adding both Miami and Orlando to MLS in 2016 actually makes sense.
Maybe Simon Borg feels bad for his ridiculous support of the now-rescinded Obafemi Martins red card. Wednesday he penned an opinion piece defending the fact that only 34,000 tickets have been sold to the National Team's World Cup Qualifier against Panama, June 11.
In honor of the rescinded red card I dug up a link to the "Top 5 Football Referee Decisions that Shook the world!" Ricardo Salazar may have made some strange calls, but at least they weren't on the huge stage that these five were. Warning, some very British humor involved with some of these highlights.
- Scott Ayers