"I love American food, even though I am French," Sebastien Le Toux tells the P-I's Gary Washburn. "I love American hamburgers, but I know it's no good to eat every day, I try to stay healthy. Everybody here is very nice, and there is no judgment because I am French. Everybody is very helpful for me. I am very happy here, and it's the life I want.
"My goal is to play on the team and be a starter," he said. "I know I have to work. My progress is not finished. You have to continue to work and play hard. I know we have to give a good show because there are already 20,000 people (season-ticket holders) coming to the games."
Sounders FC are getting some nice coverage these days, especially in the Seattle Times (Jose Romero) and Tacoma News Tribune (Don Ruiz) soccer blogs. Both blogs have details of Friday's 11 v 11 scrimmage that saw Nate Jaqua score two goals and Fredy Montero and Sebastien Le Toux add one each.
Looking for some reaction to the Fredy Montero (pending) signing? Try Sports Illustrated, the P-I, the Times, Big Soccer and Soccer By Ives.
An Associated Press story by Greg Bell has been getting wide circulation, adding to the feeling I am getting that Sounders FC will already have a 'target' on their backs when they enter MLS as an expansion team on March 19.
"The splashy new Seattle Sounders are still two months from their first game. Yet they already have sold far more season tickets than Major League Soccer averaged in attendance last season.
They have the millions of Hollywood filmmaker Joe Roth, team co-owner and actor Drew Carey, and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen. Disney is a team sponsor, too. All that cash pried one of MLS' most-accomplished coaches, Sigi Schmid, away from the league champions and persuaded Swedish national star midfielder Freddie Ljungberg to come from England's Premier League to this relatively modest soccer league in the United States.
And they have a partnership with the Northwest's pre-eminent sports franchise, the Seahawks of the mighty NFL.
The only thing missing from all this buzz is David Beckham.