Chicago Fire Aquire Benji Joya
by Neal Sayatovich
Feb 08, 2014 10:54 AM EST
News broke from the Chicago Fire camp that the team recently acquired midfielder Benji Joya in a weighted lottery. Joya was obtained via a one year loan, with a transfer option, from Liga MX side Santos Laguna. Joya can join the Fire roster once his international transfer certificate is received. Per league policy, terms of the deal were not discussed.
“Benji is a talented, young player,” Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop told the team's website. “He has international experience and will be a great addition as we continue to build and strengthen our squad.”
Joya was the captain of the U.S. Men's U-20 team that made it to the finals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. After finishing second in the region, the national team qualified for the FIFA 2014 U-20 World Cup.
With recent addition of Clint Mathis to the coaching staff, Joya has the opportunity to be a dangerous player for the opposing teams. Overall, I think the Chicago Fire have a chance to be a very dangerous team this year with the flurry of recent acquisitions.