Sébastien Le Toux was traded away from the Philadelphia Union twice during his playing career, but on Saturday he was given a permanent place in the club that can’t be transferred with the unveiling of the Ring of Honor.
“They traded me once, they traded me twice but now I’m here forever, no one can trade me from that,” Le Toux said, recounting a joke he was making with a friend. “I’m a part of this team and this club and I can’t be anymore proud of that.”
Le Toux, who is the team’s all-time leading goal scorer with 50, was joined at the ceremony by former teammates Brian Carroll and Zach Pfeffer. Other former teammates like Tranquillo Barnetta, Conor Casey, Kyle Nakazawa, Ray Gaddis, and Keegan Rosenberry shared recorded messages on a video shown during the ceremony.
“We’re obviously proud to be a part of the same team he left such a mark on,” Rosenberry said post-game. “It’s our pleasure to give him a good send-off and have a good performance.”
The sign with Le Toux’s name on it was revealed during the ceremony. It’s located in front of the TruMark Financial Club and is not small.
“I think they renamed the stadium by the size of it,” head coach Jim Curtin joked during his post-game press conference. “He is a guy who has meant so much to the club. He is the face of the franchise and everybody was out and here for his special day. I think that he deserves it. It was an honor to coach him, to have him in the locker room and to share the moments that we shared together. He is a special player and he got a special day today.”
“It was very emotional,” Le Toux said. “To happen to me, it’s kind of weird but awesome at the same time.”