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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 south of France.

The USA has been drawn into Group A with host France, Netherlands, Costa Rica and Qatar. The U.S. opens against France (May 27, 1 p.m. ET), followed by Netherlands (May 29, 11 a.m. ET), Costa Rica (May 31, 11 a.m. ET), and Qatar (June 2, 12 p.m. ET). The top team from the group will advance to the final, while the second-place finisher will move on to play for third. The advancing pair from Group A will match up with the top two finishers from Group B, which includes China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The placement matches will be played on June 7.

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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 vs. Chivas USA.

He probably didn’t imagine that he’d score on his first touch though.

After a drab first half ended 0-0, the Fire found themselves down 2-0 with goals a pair of Chivas USA goals inside the hour mark.

Shortly after the second goal, Joya entered the match for Patrick Nyarko as the team’s second substitute in the 63rd minute. Literally seconds later, he found himself at the back post, tucking in an Alex shot that Chivas ‘keeper Dan Kennedy could only get a hand to, to make things 2-1 in the 64th minute.

“All this week, all I’ve been putting in my mind is to hopefully get the debut and get a goal and get my name on the score sheet,” Joya told reporters post-game. “Luckily the first touch I had today it turned into a goal, so I’m really proud of that.”

Six minutes later fellow substitute Quincy Amarikwa added a highlight reel strike, turning and unleashing a driven shot from distance, to bring things level at 2-2 with 20 minutes to play.

With momentum on their side, it seemed like the team would push for a third goal with MLS MVP Mike Magee still available on the bench. Fire head coach Frank Yallop said following the match that Chris Rolfe began cramping and so Logan Pause was used as the final substitute for him in the 75th minute.

The Fire manager also said that Magee’s hamstring, which had been an earlier issue for the Chicago native during preseason began to bother him late this week.

“We didn’t want to risk [Mike] in this game,” said Yallop. “Mike was good for maybe 10 minutes but we kind of had to change it a little bit. Mike wanted to be part of it today and I did as well. I didn’t want to risk it and give 25 minutes when he probably only had 10 in him.”

Just as it looked like the Fire would escape with a point, a late header off a corner kick from Bobby Burling gave the team a disappointing 3-2 loss.

Having sparked the comeback only to see it end in defeat, Joya was still positive about the overall effort of the team in the first match of the season.

“Sometimes you come back and at the end you let a little bit go. If we slack, they’re going to come on top. I’m really proud of the effort from the guys and it’s the beginning of the season – we’ve gotta focus on the next game and get the win.”


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; however, Benji will remain in his current club where he will be fighting for a spot on the first team, hoping to catch Klinsmann’s eye and gain a spot in the US National squad.

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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 and south of the border. Puebla coach Rubén Omar Romano has also been in touch, according to Roditis, and is keen on bringing in midfielder Joya (top right) next season, while a “team in Denmark” and Mexican second-division side Lobos BUAP have shown interest in forward Cuevas (top left).