Earlier today D.C. United announced it was mutually terminating the contract of Sebastien Le Toux. The 33-year old midfielder was one of 13 players in MLS history to record 55 goals and 55 assists over a 9-year MLS career with 6 clubs. In 16 games with the Black-and-Red this year, Le Toux started 8, with goals in back to back games in April against the New England Revolution and Atlanta United FC.
In the midst of D.C.’s recent roster moves, it was believed he would also be shopped. Presumably, this transaction means a combination of circumstances where those who did want to bring Seba in were too far away from his wife, and his agreeing to a reduced salary to sign with a team that wasn’t necessarily the best fit for him in order to be closer to her was one of the reasons he came to D.C.
Le Toux was on a budget charge of $125,004 on a contract that expired at the end of the year regardless, so D.C. does get a senior roster spot back with this move. Whether they needed it so that the signing of goalkeeper Steve Clark remains to be seen, but it should be noted that Clark was making $238,333 in last year’s salary list when he was with the Columbus Crew SC, and presumably Clark’s deal goes into next season so it’s certainly feasible Clark takes Le Toux’s senior roster spot.
Regardless, we hope Seba enjoyed his time here and wish him bonne chance in his future endeavors.