THESSALONIKI GREECE - FEBRUARY 15: Edin Dzeko of Manchester City (R) and Juan Carlos Toja of Aris battle for the ball during the first leg round of 32 Europa League match between Aris Saloniki and Manchester City at Kleanthis Vikelidis stadium on February 15 2011 in Thessaloniki Greece. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)
According to MLSsoccer.com former FC Dallas midfielder and MLS-All Star Juan Carlos Toja has re-signed with Major League Soccer and will be assigned via allocation order.
The New England Revolution are first in line for Toja. This late in the season, it seems more than likely that the Revs will select the 6'1" Colombian Midfielder. This was essentially confirmed in a tweet today by Kyle McCarthy.
New England currently sits atop the allocation order.— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) August 23, 2012
#revs will not pass on Toja with roster deadline approaching quickly.
The left-footed Toja has been used out wide in addition to a central attacking role. He came to the Dallas first on loan in 2007 and was later signed by the club in 2008. August of 2008 saw him depart Dallas to pursue a career with Romanian club Steau Bucuresti. In 2010 Toja was transferred to Greek club Aris.
The most peculiar part of this move would be the money Toja might command. Transfermarkt has his market value at 1.3 million pounds (roughly $2 million) as of February 2012. Toja signed his contract with the league today. One has to imagine this may be a pretty penny for the Revs to assume. Could this be the highest paid player the Revs ever acquire?
Toja would bring some much needed experience to a younger squad, having played in both Champions League and Europa. The real question where would he fit in New England? Does Benny Feilhaber, who's been more involved when used centrally, slot out wide to make room for Toja at CAM?
Do you think Toja is a necessary pick up? How do you shuffle the Revs lineup around him? Let us know in the comments.
Let's not forget the Revs could also select Toja and wait for the offers to come in...