2011 MLS Awards: Sebastien Le Toux, Fair Play Award

Union's Le Toux, Portland win XBOX 360 Fair Play awards

NEW YORK — For the second year running Sébastien Le Toux has won the Xbox 360 Individual Fair Play Award, MLS announced on Tuesday.

The league also announced that the Portland Timbers were awarded the Xbox 360 Team Fair Play awards.

Le Toux is the third MLS player to collect the honor in back-to-back years, following in the footsteps of Michael Parkhurst (2007-2008) and Steve Ralston (1999-2000) as the only other players to win the award multiple times as well as in back-to-back seasons. This year, the Philadelphia attacker beat out Colorado Rapids defender Kosuke Kimura and New England Revolution defender Darrius Barnes, the two other finalists.

In 3,060 minutes of action for the Union this season, the French striker committed just 20 fouls and didn’t receive a yellow card. He scored 11 goals and nine assists to lead the Union in each category as they made their first appearance in the MLS playoffs in just their second year of existence.  

The team award went to one of the two new clubs in the league. The Timbers committed the fewest fouls in the league this season (347) during their inaugural campaign in MLS. They were also second-to-last in red cards (three) and, along with a handful of other teams, averaged fewer than 1.5 yellow cards per match. The Philadelphia Union and Chivas USA were the other two finalists for the team award.

In addition to the number of fouls committed and cards awarded, MLS looked at Disciplinary Committee action and overall sportsmanlike behavior to select the finalists and winners for both the individual and club honors.