A lot of different teams (especially NFL teams) have a Ring of Honor, where players are enshrined (usually in a ring around the stadium) for their achievements with that specified club. Those achievements are often as players, but can also be with the front office, or the community at large. As the Union's fifth season continues, we thought it would be a fun idea to kick around regarding who would be inducted into a Union Ring of Honor.
Some ground rules were set. First, only players were considered for this. We didn't include any coaches or Front Office personnel. Second, only players who had played MLS minutes were considered (not that people were beating down the door to vote for Don Anding). Third, while most Rings of Honor only include retired players, we felt with only five years of history to choose from that all players should be eligible. And last - in order for any player to be inducted into the Ring of Honor, at least 75% of the people had to vote for them. There were eighteen total votes, and only two players gained the 75% needed to be inducted into the Ring of Honor. One player - Danny Califf - was just shy (72% of the vote) of being inducted.
Sebastien Le Toux - Hard to argue with this one. Sebastien holds the Union record for goals (36), assists (34), shots (231), shots on goal (102), and is the only player in Union history with a hat trick. Le Toux is known as a gentleman on the field (picking up his first ever yellow card this past Fourth of July against Dallas - and we're still trying to figure out what it was for) as well as off the field, where Seba has been a model player - always taking the time to sign autographs and talk with fans. Le Toux has been with the club for four of the club's five seasons and has always represented the Philadelphia Union organization with dignity and class.
Amobi Okugo - Amobi is the only remaining member of the club who has continuously been with the club since its inception back in 2010. We've seen Amobi blossom from seldom-used sub in 2010 into a starting center back or central defensive midfielder with US National Team aspirations. Often times the cool head in the heat of combat, Okugo is that rare mix of grit and elegance in his play. He is the past, present ,and future of the Philadelphia Union organization and a class act all around.
So who would you induct? Take the poll and who knows - maybe the club will one day institute a Ring of Honor to permanently add these great players.
Editor's note: Unfortunately the original SBN poll only accepted one answer per person. We've added a Google Docs form to record answers here. Sorry for the inconvenience. -ER