Friday, January 27, 2012

Big Day for the Philadelphia Union

It's a big day for the Union. Lets start the day off with who is staying.

Sebastian Le Toux

That's right, Sebastian Le Toux is coming back. Apparently, Owen Coyle was not impressed by Le Toux's training. Coyle said, "Sebastien came in for a couple of days, and to be fair to him he hadn't trained for four or five weeks. He did fine and that's where it is. We'd have probably needed a longer look." So Coyle was not impressed by Le Toux. And that's fine with me.

Keeping Le Toux means we keep a key piece of our leadership. And a key piece of our offense. And we also keep a fan favorite. And as a fan I'm glad he's staying. I feel badly for Le Toux that he was denied a shot in Europe. He's been one of the top players in the MLS the last two seasons. And every player in the world wants to play for a top tier European team. Philly fans just have to hope that Le Toux takes the snub as a personal insult and storms through MLS competition this season.

And now on to new and exciting things for the Union.

Philadelphia Union and Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa today announced the formation of a strategic partnership that will focus on player development and training methodology, as well as best practices in commercial, stadium and financial operations.(

I'm excited. The first Union match I saw was against Chivas De Regal. And it was a blast. Not that I don't enjoy MLS matches, I do. But international friendlies are fun. A lot of fun. No points are on the line, everyone gets to play. It's a fun atmosphere for the fans.  I can't wait for the first friendly.

So it was a good day for the Union. We keep Le Toux. We gain a friendly.

It's going to be a fun season.

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