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Sebastien Le Toux tweets, “Just got traded to Vancouver ! Saddest day for me in my Philadelphia Union story…. Still can’t believe it”
The Union host Vancouver Whitecaps on March 31.
Take a look at Adam Cann’s roundup of the evolution of Sebastien Le Toux to Vancouver rumors for links, but to summarize, the Union appear to be trading Le Toux to Vancouver for allocation money. The reason appears to be related to two things. First, to help fund a Union move to secure the rights to Roger Torres, who has been on loan from America de Cali. Second, to get as much value as possible out of Le Toux while he is in the final year of his contract with the league.
Earlier, citing “a source close to the situation,” The Brotherly Game reported that “Le Toux is fighting to stay with the Union.”
The 700 Level writes, “I surmise that Union fans will be a bit less understanding of a Le Toux trade to Vancouver than they were the potential transfer to Bolton. It’s one thing to see your team’s most popular player move on to bigger and better. It’s quite another to see him traded within the league.”
Zac MacMath, backed by Peter Nowak to be the starting goalkeeper in his interview on the ExtraTime Radio podcast, tweeted on Monday, “Wants to thank
@FarydMondragon for all he has done this past year for me personally and for the club. Great person and athlete #thankyou”.
Incredibly, the Delco Daily Times’ Chris Vito spoke to Le Toux on Monday, but the topic was Faryd Mondragon. Le Toux said, “It’s a huge loss because of how big Faryd was on the team. Obviously, we wish him the best and we are going to move forward with our season…(Replacing a captain) is not easy for anyone. He’s a big example in the locker room for the younger players, with how he carried himself on and off the field. It’s something to come back from and that is not easy. Players like me learned a lot from him and it was an honor to play with him, but we will miss him.”
Look for commentary and analysis on the decision to cancel the 2012 season from PSPs Mike Servedio and Eli Pearlman-Storch later this morning.
All White Kit writer Jenna Pel tweets, “WPS agents and Players Union still working to free players from contracts so as to not be impaired by the Euro transfer window deadline.”
Independence coach Paul Riley said, “Just devastated for the players and employees for the franchise. A lot of broken hearts this morning and a lot of sad stories…The players and my entire backroom staff are gutted, but we want this league to work and we will do everything we can to see [the] Philadelphia Independence step onto PPL/Widener in the spring of 2013….The litigation has been the major obstacle. It seems in life it’s the little people who get hurt the most . . . THE PLAYERS. We have the best players in the world trying to ply their trade day in and day out and today them find themselves with no job due to legal wranglings that has nothing to do with them.”
WPS CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan on the decision to bring Dan Borislow into the league: “I do think the league at the time was in a situation where they were in a bit of a rush.”
Check out the Goalkeeper for a transcript of Sullivan’s conference call with reporters.
WNY Flash spokesperson Renee Meier says, ““It’s a real shame. One owner thought he could operate a team in the league and not follow the rules. I believe they (voted to suspend operations) for the right reasons.”
ESPNW reviews how the league got into this mess.
ESPNW looks at the league’s shaky foundations.
ESPN wonders if the cancellation of the season will harm the USWNT’s chances at the Olympics.
Soccer Insider wonders if this could mean the end of professional women’s soccer in the US
All White Kit has the contents of the email sent to its players informing them of the decision to cancel the 2012 season.
Vineland, NJ native Jill Loyden is heading to Denmark to play.
Portland Timbers have signed Scottish international Kris Boyd.
Tottenham’s Giovanni Dos Santos is not heading to MLS.
US Soccer is reportedly negotiating a friendly with Scotland, to be played May 26 or 27, followed by a friendly with Brazil on May 30.
You can follow live updates of last minute transactions as the transfer window closes in Europe here.
The new league in India is allocating players and coaches by auction.