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Nowak: Le Toux Is Not The Face Of The Union Franchise

Philadelphia Union fans were shocked and kind of angry when the two year old franchise traded away its leading goalscorer for just money in the offseason. Sebastien Le Toux returns this weekend as a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps and head coach Peter Nowak was asked his thoughts on the influence that the return of Le Toux would have on the match.

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“Are you being serious or are you joking?” Nowak replied.

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“Because I could look from two different perspectives. I don’t know, maybe confetti, maybe banners, maybe a parade? Who knows? I have no idea what the [atmosphere] is going to be. I am focused on our responsibilities.”

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Nowak also scoffed at the idea that Le Toux was the “face” of the Philadelphia Union.

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“I am sick of this ‘face of the franchise’ crap. You know who is the face of the franchise? Our fans who come every week to support us, the team. They are the face of this franchise.

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“That’s who we play for. Not some individual player. I’m not dumb, I know fans loved [Le Toux] and will cheer him, but at the end of the day, it’s about the team, our team, and that’s where the focus should be."

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Le Toux may very well have been the Union’s best player, but the reality was that he was only here for two years. Two important years being as though they were the first of the club’s existence…. but still just two years.