Question and answer session with Red Bull New York's Le Toux

Sebastien Le Toux is looking to make an impact with Red Bull New York, his fourth team in as many years. associated press
Sebastien Le Toux is looking to make an impact with Red Bull New York, his fourth team in as many years. associated press
Posted: July 20, 2012

ALTHOUGH HE can be quite the goal-scoring juggernaut, Sebastien Le Toux has found it hard to find a permanent home. On Saturday, when the Union travels to rival Red Bull New York, it will be going against Le Toux, the former face of the franchise, who will be wearing his fourth different jersey in 4 years and his second since a, well, let's call it an "unceremonious" trade to Vancouver in January.

I caught up with Le Toux in advance of Saturday's showdown to get his thoughts on being an MLS nomad, on former boss Peter Nowak, playing alongside football superstar Thierry Henry and his future in the beautiful game. And though his thick French accent doesn't always make him the easiest to understand, Le Toux's sentiments on the aformentioned topics rang crystal clear:

Daily News: What were your thoughts and initial feelings when you discovered you were being traded to New York earlier this month?

Le Toux: It was a surprise, but I knew a particular team needed the money so a swap was going to happen. I was surprised it was me, but I was happy about the fact that New York wanted me to play more as a forward. In Vancouver, I played a lot but I came from a wider position. I was glad that New York knew a lot about me and wanted to insert me into their lineup right away, and so far its been a really good move.

DN: Sebastien, beginning in Seattle, this has been your fourth MLS team in four seasons. Has it been frustrating that you've had a difficult time establishing roots somewhere?

SL: It's the nature of the business, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating. To go from Seattle to Philly, Philly to Vancouver, Vancouver to now New York, and the changes from East Coast to West Coast, it's a lot, yeah. It's difficult to change like that just because there is so much involved each time you move from place to place. Having to get accustomed to new teammates, a new city, you feel like you have to prove yourself all over again. But I am happy here in New York and my teammates and the staff have made my transition really easy.

DN: Given your time with the Union, a lot of fans look at this move as you going to the dark side, wearing a rival Red Bull uniform. What do you expect or look forward to from the fans on Saturday?

SL: I am expecting everything to be fabulous from the fans. I don't think me being here makes me the enemy and I look forward to seeing the old fans. I know some people are going to be upset that I play here now and that I need to expect some boos, but I think fans understand that moving from team to team is a part of this league and I don't play for them anymore. Honestly, I am happy to be a part of Red Bull now and I look forward to Saturday.

DN: A lot of changes have been made since you left. The biggest is Peter Nowak being sacked as team manager. What are your thoughts on this move and where the team has evolved since?

SL: Right now, I am kind of a fan when I look at that situation. Obviously, since Peter has left, the team has been able to find success and that's good for Philly and those fans who deserve to watch a good team. You can see that since the move, this team has had more energy and a rhythm that has provided them with some good games. I don't want to get too much into it, but I think it was the perfect thing to do.

DN: You're 28. But you have mentioned before dreams of making the French national team. Is that still an aspiration?

SL: Right now, my goal is to do the best I can with New York. I really am not thinking about that anymore because I am really trying to win an MLS Cup with this team. We are in a good position and have some good players to go after it, so that's where my mind is at.

DN: What's it like playing alongside Thierry Henry, who is not just one of the best players in the game, but a fellow Frenchman?

SL: It's great. It was a little bit weird in the beginning, especially in the locker room. I played against him while I was at Vancouver and now here we are wearing the same jersey, but it's been great for me. To be playing with one of my favorite players I watched closely when I was in France and he played in Europe, it's good. He is a great player and can only help me improve my game and get better, so it's tremendous.

DN: Where do you envision the rest of your career going?

SL: I have had a good career so far in MLS and I am happy here. I think that I have accomplished a lot and that the fans know me and know my abilities and I hope that my teammates and coaches trust that I can help their team. Right now, I am in New York and it's a good place for me. I enjoyed my time at all the teams I've played on, especially in Philly, but my present — and I hope my future — is here in New York.

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