The Philadelphia Union's first win of the season on Saturday against New York City FC stopped the figurative bleeding, as their outset to the 2015 season saw them dead-last in the league a month in. An unfortunate incident that happened was in the 62nd minute, when Le Toux tried to run a ball down in the corner to prevent it going over the end line. The defender successfully shielded Seba from the ball, and the resultant contact knocked the Union forward off balance, which caused him to hit the electronic advertising board awkwardly. He stayed down at first, and left us to speculate if he took the hit to his hip? Or maybe his back? But he was holding his arm the whole time, and maybe it was a dislocated elbow? He held the arm as he jogged back onto the pitch but then laid down to signal he needed medical assistance.
He would officially be subbed off for CJ Sapong in the 66th minute. It seemed a shame, what with the quick turn-around to the rematch on Thursday, considering that Le Toux was the true primary assist on the Zach Pfeffer goal. Seba beat the right back and worked the end line, putting his pass in perfectly to Eric Ayuk, whose shot attempt hit Pfeffer in the butt before fully crossing the goal line. Thus, the assist officially went to Ayuk, statistically negating Le Toux's influence on the play.
But, rest assured, Union fans, Seba took to Twitter to update us all on his well-being:
Thanks everybody for your nice messages. My arm is fine now, just 5 stitches and will be ready to play on Thursday ...— Sebastien Le Toux (@SebastienLeToux) April 13, 2015
And Jim Curtin touched on it during the weekly press conference:
Curtin: Sebastien is ready to go. "He got cut. He'll be fine."— The Brotherly Game (@BrotherlyGame) April 14, 2015
Curtin on Le Toux: "I may be mean saying this but he got a cut." Surprised he didn't call it a boo-boo.— Dave Zeitlin (@DaveZeitlin) April 14, 2015
This is certainly great news not only because the Union will be without the services of Fernando Aristeguieta and Fabinho due to injury, but also because Saturday's game against NYCFC saw Seba shake off the early season funk he seemed to have been in starting the 2015 campaign.