Here are their respective resumes, along with that of Sounders nominee Osvaldo Alonso:
SEBASTIEN LE TOUX (PHI): Le Toux has regained his scoring touch in September, notching seven goals in six straight games, including two in a crucial 3-2 win over D.C. United to keep Philadelphia Union among the Eastern Conference leaders in a hot playoff race. The Frenchman began the month with a goal against Real Salt Lake and then lead the charge against New England, notching two goals to allow the Union to battle back from a 4-1 deficit to earn a 4-4 draw. He scored the game winner against a hot Columbus team at home and a week later a second half equalizer to give the Union an important road point against Kansas City at home. Le Toux leads the Union in goals and assists with a total of 10 goals and eight assists.
DWAYNE DE ROSARIO (DC): Simply put, Dwayne has been exceptional for United over the past month. The 33-year-old Canadian recorded five goals and three assists in September, including the fastest hat trick in MLS history on September 24 against Real Salt Lake. He has won three MLS Player of the Week Awards in 2011, including the most recent installment of the honor for Week 28. De Rosario is the first player in D.C. United history to record two regular season hat tricks in the same season, and he is currently top of the MLS scoring table with 14 overall goals (11 for D.C. United in only 14 games). De Rosario is also fourth overall in the League with 11 assists, with six of those tallies coming with D.C. United.
OSVALDO ALONSO (SEA): Obviously goals and assists look better in a paragraph than words. Sadly for Ossie, his two goal performance came in the CONCACAF Cup and strictly speaking doesn't qualify for consideration. However his performance in Guatemala match that in another foreign land. Sounders 3-1 win in Vancouver was not as plain sailing as you might think. For the first twenty minutes, the home side held sway, taking a deserved lead. One Sounder more than any other kept his head up and was nipping at the heels of every opponent, clearing every ball.
He didn't start the defeat at home to Herediano but in the 3-0 win over DC United was instrumental in keeping the otherwise Dwayne De Rosario out the game. Even after the loss to Salt Lake, Kyle Beckerman was full of praise for his worthy opponent. In the end, goals and assists will win this award and probably my vote, but Alonso deserves a mention and to be on the ballot for the effort and quality that characterizes his performance every game. Had those goals come in MLS, then we would maybe be looking at this month's winner.
And here's the announcement from the league:
Today Philadelphia Union forward Sébastien Le Toux was named the MLS Player of the Month for September by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). Le Toux scored seven goals, and started all six games for the Union in the month of September, as the team moved into second place in the Eastern Conference, with three regular season games remaining.
Le Toux registered two multi-goal games in September, including a 3-2 win over D.C. United, and a dramatic 4-4 draw with the New England Revolution. Against New England on September 7, Le Toux scored in the 80th minute and second-half stoppage time to tie the game, which the Union had previously trailed by three goals.
The French forward got on the score sheet in all but one of the Union’s six games in September, and has played in every minute of every MLS game for the Union this season. Le Toux leads his club in both goals scored (10) and assists (8) in 2011.
Le Toux’s success this season is built off a strong 2010 campaign in which he scored 14 goals and contributed 11 assists. In his two seasons in Philadelphia, Le Toux has missed only two games, making 57 starts and logging 5,310 minutes in that time.
This is the first time Le Toux has been named MLS Player of the Month since entering the league in 2009 with Seattle Sounders FC. He received 14 of the 20 available first place votes, while D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario received the remaining six votes.
The MLS Player of the Month is selected after each calendar month of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.