Philadelphia Union midfielder Sebastien Le Toux scored his first goal of 2011, which proved to be the game winner as the Union (4-1-1) took on the San Jose Earthquakes (1-4-2) Saturday afternoon.
It has been somewhat of a quiet spring thus far for Le Toux, who led the Union in goals in their inaugural 2010 season with 14. Sebastien is the pulse of what is appearing to be one of the top teams in Major League Soccer this year.
The Union played a man down for most of the match, when Jordan Harvey was sent off with a red card for a questionable call in the 41st minute.
Le Toux, who has played every one of the Union’s 540 minutes this year, seemed a bit relieved to finally notch his first tally of the season. “It feels good you know, I think everybody was waiting for that,” Le Toux said to the dozen reporters crowded around his locker following the match. “Thanks to Amobi for his work on the PK. He created and did an amazing job. That’s what’s most important.”
Sebastien was talking about Union midfielder Amobi Okugo, who sparked the play that caused the penalty kick. Okugo received the ball from just outside of the 18, cut through 2 defenders and attempted to send a cross in from just outside the six yard box to the left of the goal. It was then that San Jose defender Jason Hernandez slid in and knocked the ball down with his left hand.
“I thought I was going to shoot, but the space was down the line, so I took it down the line.” Okugo said after the game. That decision ended up changing the game.
Le Toux gives credit for his goal to the fans. “The crowd was the 12th man. Even if it was 10 vs 11, [the fans] made it 11 vs 11. We could feel them throughout the whole second half.”