About four years after he left MLS to play in Europe, Juan Toja is back. The two-time MLS All-Star was selected by the New England Revolution on Monday through the Allocation Process and he'll be available to play as soon as they receive his P-1 visa. He had spent the last two years with Aris of the Greek SuperLeague.
"We’re pleased to add a player of Juan’s skill and experience through the Allocation Process, and we’re looking forward to getting Juan in with the team as soon as possible," Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said in a team statement. "He’s not only played in MLS and is familiar with the league, but he’s also been very successful in MLS. We believe he’ll be a valuable player for us."
The Revolution had the top pick in the Allocation Process, which is how any player who left the league on a transfer is allowed to return. Toronto FC now moves to the top of the Allocation Order.
Toja is still just 28 but returns to a league that has changed significantly since he was last here. Five more teams have joined since then and the level of play continues to rise. In his four years abroad, Toja did not quite show the attacking acumen he showed in MLS, scoring just five times in about 6,000 minutes.
For more insight into the signing, be sure to check out Revolution blog The Bent Musket.