Gotham Puts Out Bat Signal: Red Bulls Trade For LeToux

LeToux, often pushed to the back of the attack this year in BC bud country.

So much for Kaka to the Red Bulls?

In a stunning move, the New York Red Bulls acquired Vancouver front man (and former Peter Nowak whipping boy) Sebastien LeToux in exchange for burner Dane Richards and allocation money.

It’s a thought-provoking move on the surface as LeToux likes to meander south in search of the ball on offense and that’s precisely the role that Thierry Henry has been playing. LeToux is not a true #10 and it will be interesting to see how the Red Bulls to deploy him.

Strange things are afoot in Vancouver where the pretenders were doing a create contender impression. Out went midfield maestro Davide Chumiento this week; in came the aging Barry Robson last week.

What will Dane Richards bring that Darren Mattocks doesn’t?

 

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12 responses to this post.

  1. A trade that doesn’t fit for either team…of course the Red Bulls were involved!

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  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2012/07/13 at 7:28 PM

    How did the the Dynamo not get in this pie. Could’ve been an excellent pick.

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    • And who exactly would Houston want out of this? Both players listed above are strikers, and the only holes in the roster are attacking mid which has really been missing since the end of 09 and LB, where players like Ashe and Taylor have performed admirably. I think the kinks in system would be temporarily solved by putting Davis inside over Moffat, move Boniek to the left and start underrated RM Ownby. This gives the club some time to find an attacking midfielder and possibly a LB. Sure I may be biased, but I still feel that Ching, Bruin, Carr, Kandji, and Weaver is a relatively strong (figuratively) and underrated striker stable. At this point I’d rather have Freddy Adu and hope he can flourish with Davis and Boniek on either side.

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  3. Posted by NoNoNo on 2012/07/13 at 7:30 PM

    Seba is a fantastic player if well deployed, which doesn’t seem like someone who would do well with a league magoo like Hans Backe. If I remember correctly, Le Toux is in the last year of his contract, so if I were his agent I’d be floating some trial balloons overseas for, ironically, a little stability.

    That said, I’d like to think the Union would be happy to bring him back. Can we get him back for Adu? Please?

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  4. Half expect Backe to deploy Le Toux at centerback or something. Unless they’re expecting Henry to walk out the door, Le Toux makes no sense at all.

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    • Posted by NoNoNo on 2012/07/14 at 4:45 AM

      Well, even besides Seba’s torrid goal production for the Union, there was a stretch in the first half-three fifth of the Union 2011 season where he scored only one goal. The consensus was that it was because his positioning clashed with Guatemalan poacher Carlos Ruiz’s style (stay high, sulk when you don’t get the ball, dive). And yet, no one ever really blamed him as he still registered a healthy number of assists, stretched defenses with smart runs, and tracked back on defense like a madman. Once Ruiz left, he went on an absolutely red-hot scoring streak.

      Point is, he is capable of sorts of interesting tricks, including providing service, but he’s really is best when he has the freedom to roam and expose pockets in the opposition defense.

      Of course, Backe is thoroughly capable of screwing it up.

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  5. Posted by Angel on 2012/07/13 at 8:03 PM

    You guys are fools. This makes perfect sense for Red Bulls. Le Toux can play up front with Cooper and Henry can play the CAM role or vice versa. They needed an extra striker and they got a workhorse who is quality. Attacking game is complete. Richards service was poor, he had great pace but brought nothing else to the table.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/07/13 at 10:11 PM

      Henry is not a possession type player. He’s a receive-and carriage for attack player. He’s not a #10.

      In terms of Richards, statistically he’s one of the best crossers of the ball in MLS. #Fact.

      I think LeToux is a better player than Richards so on value RBNY got more but the logic in that it’s a slam dunk in terms of RBNY’s scheme is not even close to sound.

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      • Posted by Dan on 2012/07/14 at 2:12 PM

        Agreed. I think New York is going to learn the same lesson three other MLS teams have learned. Le Toux is a fantastic center forward. He has the capability to play midfield and will do it because he’s a great team player, but that’s not where he excels. It may be that the Red Bulls have come to accept that Henry will never be a regular player again, because he’s too often injured.

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      • Q: How exactly do statistics show the quality of one’s crosses.

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  6. Posted by dth on 2012/07/13 at 8:47 PM

    While Red Bulls are the popular whipping boy, what’s the idea with the Whitecaps?

    I was pretty confident they knew what they were doing, now….what kind of team do they want, exactly, out there in Vancouver, with the trade of Le Toux and jettisoning of Chiumento? And why shake things up when they were doing well? It just seems odd. That organization just lurches from decision to decision.

    (Of course, they’re reputed to have a fantastic academy. Is there some way we can get a fantastic academic attached to a competent, sober management team? Toronto is crazy, Vancouver is crazyish, Dallas is stodgy… This is why I think in the medium run DC and RSL will make the biggest impacts with their academy players.)

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    • Posted by NoNoNo on 2012/07/14 at 8:24 AM

      If you think about it, it does kind of make sense. Vancouver has been leaning towards a more physical lineup and Dane Richards fits that mold, a speedy winger unafraid to get into a scrap (though his touch is lacking) — not Chiumento, who never really kept up with MLS’ physical pace (though I do think he would have found his legs with a more technically-oriented franchise). Le Toux has been solid for Vancouver but with Salgado, Maddocks, Hassli, and Camilo, he isn’t quite so critical in their lineup. Pink cows have Henry, Cooper, and, after that, not much with Luke Rogers unlikely to come back in the near future.

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