Viva la France
Sebastien Le Toux is the other half of the Vancouver Whitecaps magnificent French forward duo. In contrast to the burly figure of Eric Hassli, Le Toux is a lean figure whose motor never stops running.
Le Toux had a relatively brief European career in his home country. He started with top level team Rennes, but left after 3 years in their youth set-up for Lorient of the French second division.
Le Toux only made 15 appearances with the Ligue 2 outfit, but struggled greatly with just 1 goal to show for it. A change was necessary.
From European bit player to MLS star
Le Toux decided that the growing MLS set-up was a more fertile ground for his skills and started off with a failed tryout at FC Dallas.
However, he managed to follow that up with a successful audition for the Seattle Sounders in the USL, before their step up to MLS. The Frenchman made a good name for himself in the Pacific Northwest as he potted 24 goals in 47 appearances.
Unfortunately, the Sounders opted not to protect Le Toux in the expansion draft and he was pilfered by the Philadelphia Union in 2009.
In Philly, Le Toux continued his scoring ways with 25 more goals in 62 matches over two seasons.
In a major surprise, the Vancouver Whitecaps targeted Le Toux when new coach Martin Rennie came aboard for the 2012 season, and the ‘Caps got their man for allocation cash to alleviate a tight budget in Philadelphia’s salary cap.
Style of play
The move has proved key to Vancouver’s reconstruction, as the hard working Le Toux is more than willing to work as a fore checking leader to unsettle opponents’ defence when they try to work the ball out from the back.
He also possesses an excellent understanding of movement in space, and can distribute passes as insightful as any forward in MLS. Fortunately, the Frenchman still possesses a finish that wraps up the total package.
He has plundered 70 goals in 177 regular season, cup and playoff matches over 6 USL/ MLS seasons, and at 28 years old is entering his prime as a striker. Vancouver has a gem in the underrated Le Toux.
Sebastian Le Toux highlight reel