Multiple sources have told Black and Red United that MLS veteran Sebastien Le Toux has apparently signed a one-year contract with D.C. United. Le Toux, 33, split his time between two clubs last year, starting with the Philadelphia Union (where he had spent most of his time in MLS) before being traded to the Colorado Rapids for General Allocation Money. Le Toux became a free agent when the 2016 season ended, meaning that United can sign him on a first-come, first-served basis. When contacted, United declined to comment.
Between Philadelphia and Colorado, Le Toux played in 32 games in 2016, starting in 21, tallying 3 goals and 7 assists. The French-born Le Toux received his green card in 2010 and will not take up an international spot. In his eight MLS seasons, Le Toux has scored 57 goals and added 57 assists during stints with the Union (twice), Colorado, Seattle, Vancouver, and the New York Red Bulls.
Where Le Toux would fit in D.C.’s lineup remains to be seen. His versatility allows him to play on both sides of midfield, though the starting positions are currently held by Patrick Nyarko (on the left) and Lloyd Sam (on the right). In addition, new signing Jose Guillermo Ortiz and Lamar Neagle, who led the team in goals scored last year would serve a similar function, though Ortiz and Neagle can also play forward.
There is an additional factor to consider. Le Toux made a little over $310,000 guaranteed salary according to the September 15, 2016 MLS Players Union salary list. A similar deal might require United to carve out some salary budget space, and given that Le Toux would likely enter the season as the fourth-best winger on the team, might be a bit pricey.