A whole bunch of Philadelphia Union fans went all Linda Blair (heads spinning 360, that is) last winter with the news that popular attacker Sebastien Le Toux was on his way out of town.
That was a breaking point for some Philly fans in the strained relationship with former coach Peter Nowak. There had been a fuss or a fight here and there previously, but this was grounds for divorce in some minds.
So, you just know the PPL Park patrons were in a very bad way with yesterday’s news that Le Toux was bound for New York, just up the road from Philly, where he would join Thierry Henry, Kenny Cooper and possibly even an incoming DP dandy to form a mighty scary attack around Red Bull Arena.
Who can blame the Union fans? New York is a rival, one that just got better. Dane Richards, sent to Vancouver in exchange for Le Toux, just wasn’t effective this year. He’s always been inconsistent and perennially prone to bad choices with the ball. Still, Richards had game-changing speed and enough aggressive that he had always deserved extra defensive attention.
This year? Not so much. One goal and two assists in 17 games are simply insufficient for a guy whose main mission is feeding two of the league’s top scorers (Henry and Cooper).
Now they get the ever-busy Le Toux, who tends to freelance on the field but actually is productive – as opposed to Richards, who always seems like he should be productive, but doesn’t get there enough. Four of his 29 goals over the last three seasons have come in 2012.
Clearly, the Whitecaps are up to something big. They’ve dumped two attacking men in the last week, Le Toux and top assist man David Chiumiento. Richard Farley has more analysis of the trade whys and wherefores here. So, while we wait for the other shoe to fall, enjoy some of the angst-ridden Tweets from Philly fans over last night’s stunning development.