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Union Notebook: Paunovic retires, Le Toux for sale

City's MLS franchise may be losing its star player.

Sebastien Le Toux, the face of the Union for the past two seasons, may be headed overseas.

The Union is considering an offer from English Premier League club Bolton for Le Toux, according to FoxSports.com. It's a move that would allow them to keep rising star Danny Mwanga and free up some money to spend elsewhere.

Le Toux leads the Union with 25 goals and 20 assists over the past two seasons, but he did play professionally in France before coming to the U.S. According to the report, Le Toux was seen in England on Wednesday.

In other Union news ...

The club helped free up two international roster spots yesterday by declining options on Levi Houapeu, Morgan Langley, Ryan Richter and Joe Tait.

Houapeu was selected 41st overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Union. Langley, a Swarthmore College product, was signed by the club on Sept. 15, 2011. Richter made his Union debut on July 21 against Everton. He was fifth overall pick in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft. Tait spent three weeks as a trial player before signing with the Union on Sept. 13.

The Union also announced that forward Veljko Paunovic will retire from professional soccer due to personal reasons. The 34-year-old played in more than 400 career games and racked up 86 total goals.

“We are all very grateful that Veljko joined our club and helped us in a very important stage of our season,” said Union manager Peter Nowak. "He's been a top professional both on and off the field since he arrived and throughout his stay he has made the Union a better club."

Paunovic signed with the Union in June of 2011 after a three-year hiatus from soccer. He scored three goals and notched three assists in 16 starts.

 
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