Of Course Le Toux Scored in His Vancouver Debut

Of Course Le Toux Scored in His Vancouver Debut

In his time with Seattle, Sebastien Le Toux wasn't a star. Perhaps positionally misplaced at times, Seba wouldn't realize his full MLS potential until after being left unprotected in the expansion draft, when the Union brought him to Philadelphia. A tireless work rate quickly saw him emerge as a fan favorite, and when his two years with the team came to an end, he owned just about every club offensive record. 
So how would a change of scenery affect him the second time around? If his first match action with the Vancouver Whitecaps is any indication, ain't a damn thing changed. Watch as Seba opens his account for 2012:
Le Toux typical. 
Running his ass off, in perfect position to be on the long end of a field-stretching pass and headed volley, then pulls the goalie off his angle like a cat after a string. 
Sure, it was only Montreal, but we've seen that before and we'll see it again. Whether the Union have replaced Le Toux's scoring or not, he'll be missed. Nice to see him enjoying his new digs, and I'm even a little glad he took a shot not only at his former club and manager, but also his former teammates. Makes it easier to turn the page on him than had he gone out on the high road. 
March 31 should be interesting… 
Read more on Le Toux's fresh start in Vancouver at The Goalkeeper

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.