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Le Toux tells Kerith Gabriel, "“It feels great, this is probably one of the best days of my year right now. I am very happy to get back with this team. I just want to the team to succeed and I love to play in front of these fans here. And yeah if everything goes well, I want to finish my career in Philadelphia."
John Hackworth says in the Union's announcement, "We are happy to welcome Sebastien back to the club. His determination and heart are a perfect fit for the mentality of this team."
Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh says in the Red Bulls announcement, "Sébastien indicated to us at the end of the season that he wanted to return to Philadelphia and we respected his request. We want to thank him for his service to the Red Bulls club and wish him the best of luck in the future."
Nick Sakiewicz says in the announcement, "In our hearts Sebastien has always been a Union player and his contributions on the field and in the community while he was in Philadelphia were invaluable. We are thrilled to welcome him back and look forward to having him rejoin the club."
A press conference to formally announce Le Toux's return will be held at PPL Park on Friday, Dec. 7 at 10am and will be streamed live on the Union website.]
Sebastien Le Toux is returning to the Philadelphia Union.
Following a report by Ives Galarcep at Soccer By Ives, a source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed that the fan favorite will be wearing the Blue and Gold in 2013.
According to Galarcep’s report, New York will receive an unspecified amount of allocation money and an unnamed player in return for Le Toux. PSP understands that the unnamed player is Josue Martinez.
Le Toux’s return marks the end of a year long journey that saw him dealt by former Union manager Peter Nowak to Vancouver Whitecaps in January in return for allocation money, a move that shocked the fanbase and the first of three widely unpopular trades that also saw the departure of Danny Califf and Danny Mwanga. He scored four goals in 19 appearances for Vancouver before being traded to New York Red Bulls in July in return for Dane Richards and allocation money. There he scored one goal in nine appearances. That goal, like his first in Vancouver, came in his debut for his new club.
The Le Toux news cycle began earlier on Thursday with a report from SBI that said New York had made a bona fide offer to the out of contract Le Toux. Galarcep wrote, “According to sources, the Red Bulls are planning to trade LeToux if and when he agrees to the offer, with his destination still yet to be identified.”
We’ll have more on this breaking story as it becomes available.