"We feel that in the best interest of our club these decisions need to be made for our short and long-term benefit," said Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. "Although we achieved great success making it to the semifinals of the playoffs last year we are not in any way content with that. We operate in a highly competitive and demanding marketplace and we believe the moves we have made and continue to make improve our roster and give us a better chance to advance past the semifinals. We thank Sebastien for his significant contributions both on and off the field and wish him the best in Vancouver."
Le Toux was selected by the Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft and quickly became the most productive offensive player on the team, scoring 14 goals and recording 11 assists in 2010. For his efforts, Le Toux was voted to the MLS Best XI and was named Philadelphia's first-ever All-Star selection. A back-to-back MLS Individual Fair Play Award winner in 2010 and 2011, Le Toux started every match last season, scoring 11 goals and recording nine assists.
The Union open up the 2012 season on March 12 with a nationally televised game against Portland at 9:30 p.m. EST. The club then returns home to PPL Park on Sunday, March 18 to face the Colorado Rapids at 4:00 p.m.
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