The Philadelphia Union released their expansion draft picks and many Sounders fans will be saddened to see the very first MLS Sounder on the list. While names such as James Riley and Stephen King were heard quite often in the speculation leading up to the announcement today, Le Toux didn't figure much in the discussion. I, for one, have to admit to being completely surprised. The press release from the Sounders is here.
While Le Toux wasn't our biggest star, he was one of the players who made the most effort to connect with the fans, so he'll be missed more than just as a midfielder or forward. Thanks for everything, Seba and good luck.
Here's the full list of expansion draft selections:
Sebastien Le Toux
Update: Statement from Adrian
“We’re sorry to be losing a member of our family in Seba. He contributed in a number of ways, both on and off field the field, during his three years as a Sounder. Since we could only protect 11 players, we knew this could happen. It’s a sad day for us, but Philadelphia has got to be pleased getting a player of such quality and character. We wish Seba all the best.” -- Adrian Hanauer
In all competitions Seba had scored 4 Goals with 7 Assists (0.73 PP90). He was on target 47.5% to lead the team. In League play he only had 1 Goal with 3 Assists (0.31 PP90). His +/- was a 7 and 0.43 per 90.