After a day of rumours on the internet, the acquisition of Sebastien Le Toux by the Whitecaps was confirmed by the player himself on his twitter account. Soon the Caps confirmed the transaction as they sent allocation money to the Philadelphia Union for the two time MLS all-star. Le Toux adds another piece to the Whitecaps attack and another striker to a large group already on the roster.
Early in the transfer window it looked as though Le Toux was heading overseas to Bolton of the EPL for a potential one million dollar transfer fee but the Frenchman returned after only a few days in training. It was clear that the Philadelphia Union were looking to cash in on Le Toux who was in the final year of his contract.
In acquiring Le Toux the Whitecaps have three strikers who scored 10 or more goals in the MLS last season. In addition to his nose for the net, the forward has an excellent work rate and is willing to fight for the ball when his club is not in possession. Le Toux is very dangerous off set pieces, especially on free kicks where he has scored a number of goals in his career.
After a couple of seasons in Ligue 2 playing for Lorient, Le Toux came over to the United States where he unsuccessfully tried out for FC Dallas. He eventually signed with the USL First Division Seattle Sounders where he was named the league’s MVP in 2007. He moved up with the Sounders to MLS and played one season for them before being selected by Philadelphia in the 2009 Expansion draft. Over his two seasons Le Toux has scored 25 goals and was a serious candidate in 2010 for MVP in MLS with his 14 goals and 11 assists.
It is unclear whether another forward will be moved to make room for Le Toux but Caps management don’t feel like they need to move anyone at this point as they have stated they plenty of room on the roster and with the salary cap. In fact Martin Rennie has stated that there is still room for another addition which will most likely in the midfield. Whether this is a trade ploy not to seem desperate and have the upper hand in trade negotiations is unknown at this point.