Height : 5’9
Weight : 160 lbs
Birth : 22-09-1993
Preferred Foot : Right
Nationality : Mexican/American
Current Club : Kansas City FC


Gifted with the ability to equally control both sides of the pitch; throughout his young career he’s been able to own the mid field through outstanding passing skills, presence and an unshakable character. Benji recently made it into Santos Laguna’s U20 Team where he feels comfortable and happy, ready to shine as soon as the season starts. He is the lord of the pitch, he is BENJI JOYA.


I still remember the day i met Max. It was at my academy game vs EarthQuakes. He talked to me after the game telling me the plans/goals he had in mind that he thought i could accomplish, which was to take me to mexico to try for Club Santos Laguna. Playing in Mexico had always been my dream. To me it didn’t matter for what team, all i wanted was to play pro in Mexico. At first my parents were unsure of Max because they didn’t know him and had never seen him. But they talked it out, came to an agreement and gave max their trust giving me permission to go. Max trained me for 4 months preparing me on what i was going to be facing in Mexico. Knowing he played Professional Soccer in Argentina, Mexico and Europe, he’s a man with experience, so i took all the tips and advice and prepared myself mentally. The day finally came and thanks to all the support,confidence and help that Max gave me i made the U20 team. Max has been there for me for 1 year 3 months already and he has not changed one bit. He gives me all the advice i need, he’s a great counselor, a great manager and most importantly a great friend. My family and i are very greatful for all that Max has done for me. My experience with Max has been great so far, and knowing him i know that’s not going to change.


Sporting KC signs 22-year-old midfielder Benji Joya

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Sporting Kansas City announced that the club has signed 22-year-old midfielder Benji Joya ahead of today’s MLS roster freeze deadline. Joya will be added to the Sporting Kansas City roster…


Necaxa Back on top, Benji Joya and Los Rayos are once again in the Liga MX

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Diversos equipos, jugadores, instituciones e integrantes de la Liga Bancomer MX felicitaron al Necaxa, equipo que obtuvo su plaza en el máximo circuito al vencer con global de 3-0 a…

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Benji Joya and Necaxa one step closer to be in the Liga MX

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Rayos de Necaxa tomó la ventaja en la final por el ascenso al máximo circuito, al vencer 1-0 a Bravos de Juárez, en el partido de ida disputado en el…


New years Interview to Benji Joya ( Spanish )

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  (Foto: Club Necaxa) A falta de una semana para que dé inicio el torneo Clausura 2016 delAscenso Bancomer MX, los Rayos del Necaxa continúan con su pretemporada en las…


Benji Joya Scores for Necaxa ( Spanish )

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  La Fiera derrotaba al Necaxa 2-0 y terminó por caer 3-5 en un partido que tuvo cuatro tiempos y que se jugó al mediodía de este miércoles en la…


Benji and the U-23 MNT Ready to Clash with England in Preston

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For the second time in 2015, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is set to play England on European soil, this time facing off with the Young Lions at Deepdale…



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Continues the hard work of the Rays in the clubhouse facilities Necaxa ; Miguel Fuentes continues to monitor the campus before booting up games .  Among the reinforcements team #Aguascalientes…


American Exports: Benji Joya finds new club in Liga MX

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Benjamín Joya, seleccionado de #EU, también es una de las caras nuevas del equipo #BienvenidoBenji #DraftNecaxaAP15 — Club Necaxa (@ClubNecaxa) June 11, 2015


Benji’s United States 2, England 1 | Toulon Tournament Match Recap

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  Alonso Hernandez and Benji Joya (pictured above) converted penalty kicks on either side of halftime and to help the United States Under-23 national team capture third place at the...
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Benji’s U-23 MNT Begins Toulon Journey Against France

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TOULON, France (May 27, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will participate in the 2015 Toulon Tournament from May 27 to June 7 in six venues in the...

Dani and Benji are getting ready for Brazil 2016 Olympic Games

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BENJI JOYA and DANI CUEVAS – The guys are in Carson City with the USA U21 National Squad, in preparation to the Pre Olympic Process. They will be facing Cholos…


Video – Benji Joya debuts and Scores for the Chicago Fire

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Last week Chicago Fire newbie Benji Joya spoke about what it would mean to make his club debut in front of his family in his home state of California Sunday...
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Video – Benji Joya speaks about first goal for Chicago Fire in loss against Chivas USA

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Chicago Fire Midfielder Benji Joya talks his first MLS goal, and the team’s 3-2 loss to Chivas USA. March 9, 2014

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Video – Chicago Fire’s Benji Joya credits US U-20 coach Tab Ramos for teaching him crucial soccer lesson

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When Benji Joya looks back at the 2003 San Jose Earthquakes, he can still remember the players on his hometown team that inspired him as a 9-year-old: Landon Donovan, Pat…


Benji Joya speaks about first goal for Chicago Fire in win over D.C. United

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Miss Wednesday’s 1-0 win over D.C. United? Check out some of the highlights, including Benji Joya’s stunning 75th minute winner, along with an interview with the Fire midfielder below:


Video – Benji Joya talks after the Fire’s 2-0 Preseason win over D.C. United

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BENJI JOYA– Chicago Fire Midfielder Benji Joya tallies an assist in the team’s 2-0 win over D.C. United in Preseason action. February 8, 2014


Chicago Fire Soccer Club Acquires Midfielder Benji Joya

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  The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Wednesday that they have acquired midfielder BENJI JOYA in a weighted lottery. The U.S. Youth International joins the Fire on a one-year loan…


Benji Joya remains in Santos Laguna Mexico

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Our very talented Benji Joya will remain in Mexico’s Santos Lagun after all. Clubs, Including Ruben Romano’s Puebla among others, did not meet the requirements to make the transaction possible;…

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American Exports: MLS clubs may face competition for Santos Laguna youths Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Interest in former US Under-20 national team players Dani Cuevas and Benji Joya is heating up, has learned, with the duo garnering admirers from clubs north…

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Bneji Joya and Daniel Cuevas win U-20 title in Mexico.

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  GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Benji Joya went 90 minutes in the Santos Laguna U-20s’ 1-0 win away at Club León in the second leg of their playoff final on Saturday…


Lot of interested clubs in Daniel Cuevas and Benji Joya

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Lots of rumors surround DANI and BENJI at the moment; their great performances with the U20 National squad has gained the interest of many clubs around the world. But despite…


Benji Joya and Dani Cuevas back in club action

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BENJI JOYA and DANI CUEVAS – After spending a few months playing for the U20 USA National squad and reafirming themselves as key pieces of it, Benji and Dani are…


Could Santos Laguna youngsters Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas be destined for MLS?

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Santos Laguna youngsters and United States Under-20 national team stars Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas have been the subject of interest from MLS clubs – including the San Jose Earthquakes,…


Video – From the US to México to triumph in Soccer (En Espanol)

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Está demostrado que la globalización en el mundo no sólo es de la economía, sino que, cada día más, también en el mundo del fútbol. Así, se pueden producir casos…

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Benjamin Joya & Daniel Cuevas had a great performances in the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and helped the U20 US National Squad Qualify to The World Cup in Turkey 2013

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BENJAMIN JOYA, DANIEL CUEVAS and U20 US Managed to qualify to the Turkey 2013 World Cup in Great form. Dani’s and Benji’s performances caught the eye of many news sources…


Dani Cuevas and Benji Joya Bring Professional Experience from Mexico to U.S. Under-20s as they Prepare for 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Puebla

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The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has its share of playing backgrounds, and with the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on the horizon, several players’ professional ties have been built in…


DANIEL CUEVAS & BENJI JOYA – Renew their contract for 3 more years.

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After a great year in Santos Laguna, Mexico. Daniel Cuevas & Benji Joya renewed their contracts for another three years. Both Players are extremely happy at their current club, where…


The U.S. finished the 2012 Marbella Cup with a 2-1-0 record, Dani and Benji Joya Sparked with a goal Each on the last match

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BENJI JOYA and DANI CUEVAS – Forward Daniel Cuevas spotted the U.S. an early 1-0 lead in the ninth minute of the game against Azerbaijan. In the 64th minute Benji…


Benji Joya makes his first professional appearance, and scores

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BENJI JOYA Made his first professional appearance with an amazing performance against Chicago Fire. Benji managed to score the first goal of the game at the 24th minute, with a…