By Greg Orlandini
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –- He is the Philadelphia Union’s all-time leader in every offensive category, was the face of the franchise, and won the hearts of fans before his trade to the Vancouver White Caps this past January.
And now, after a stop with New York Red Bulls, Sébastien Le Toux is back home. The returning Union forward was in the studio for the KYW Philly Soccer Show one week after the Union traded Josué Martínez to New York for him.
KYW’s Greg Orlandini and Philly Soccer Page writer Eli Pearlman-Storch ask Le Toux what his year away from the team, with the White Caps and the Red Bulls, was like.
Le Toux returns to the team as a veteran on a young team, and he talks about being a leader on the Union, especially to the forwards. The Frenchman touches on his rocky split with former Union manager Peter Nowak and how he looks forward to working with current manager John Hackworth again, who was an assistant during Le Toux’s first tour with the team.
Listen to Part 1 (runs 22:09)…
In part two, Greg and Eli talk more about the Le Toux trade, as well as the acquisition of defender Jeff Parke from the Seattle Sounders for cash.
Parke, an Abington native and Drexel University grad, is yet another Delaware Valley product to join the team, which recently hired assistant coach Jim Curtin, a Villanova alum.
We talk about how Parke will fit into a central defense rotation that includes captain Carlos Valdes and Bakary Soumare, who is coming off a knee injury.
Listen to Part 2 (runs 26:08)…