Steaua Raises Toja Offer

Steaua Raises Toja Offer

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 22, 2008
  • 16 Comments
  • FC Steaua Bucure?ti, FC Steauna Bucure?ti, Juan Toja, Summer Transfers

Dallas Morning NewsTalk in the Big D today centers around All-Star midfielder Juan Toja and his possible transfer to FC Steaua Bucure?ti in Romania. Diego Aparicio of Al Dia here in Dallas reports today that the Romanian side upped their offer from $500,00 to between $1 million and $1.5 million.

**Translation from the Aparicio article that was originally in Spanish**
Valeriu Argeasala, president of Steaua, said via telephone yesterday that sent its latest bid by Toja on Friday and that only lack of acceptance of the directive from FC Dallas to close the deal.

“I hope that (Toja) comes to Romania this week,” said Argeasala, who argued that the amount of your offer was confidential.

The possible transfer of former River Plate of Argentina and Santa Fe de Bogota has caused a stir in the Romanian media, which occurs as a redemption.

Michael Hitchcock, general manager of Dallas, acknowledged that negotiations with the Romanian club still ongoing and that sent a counteroffer to Steaua.

“We want what is best for the club and for Toja,” said Hitchcock, nor the amount confirmed by the club’s policy of reserving the contractual terms of his players.

To me those sound like words of a sale by Dallas. They know Toja is long gone here. His coach Schellas Hyndman told Buzz Carrick this little number today at practice on the transfer:

Thatís a deserving number. Heís a great player and we would definitely miss one of our all-stars. I want what he wants and it might undermine my career. But I really believe that relationships between players and coaches are the same. Itís what can you do for the team? What can I do for the team? What can you do for yourself and what can I do for myself and maybe we can go the same direction. If itís the best for Juan, I have always said Iíll support you. But thereís also a sense of obligation to this team and to the city to do well. Itís a fine line there but as always, Ií m very supportive.

If that doesn’t sound like they are selling Toja then I don’t know what does. The club isn’t really talking about it right now but from the looks of things Thursday night’s All-Star game may be the last time we see Toja in a MLS uniform. I still have my theory that he was selected for the All-Star game so the league could get a higher offer from the Romanian side. Who knows how much that is true but it sounds pretty good to me.

What does Dallas do without Toja? What they are doing now. A slight fire sale if you will that will continue into the winter. Sad to see Dallas expend so much talent over a short amount of time if you ask me. They’ve gone through the likes of Ronnie O’Brien, Carlos Ruiz, Clarence Goodson, and now possibly Toja.

Most here in Dallas hope the club does the right thing with some of this transfer money and give Kenny Cooper a big fat raise.

  • hutchtx

    I don't have a problem with Toja leaving (even though I am HUGE fan of his). I DO have a HUGE problem with FCD management — if this actually happens — because they have officially said NOTHING to their fan base (a story in Spanish with a MH quote doesn't cut it) about it. Hitchcock was forced to say something on the Blog last week because fans were (and are!) reading Romanian new sites for info. I realize that that is hardly a reliable source. However, should Toja actually leave after the All Star Game, I will be livid with FCD management for NOT bothering to even officially keep us informed. Just a simple "the terms are confidential, but this is what we can tell you . . ." would be (would have been?) appreciated.

  • hutchtx

    I don’t have a problem with Toja leaving (even though I am HUGE fan of his). I DO have a HUGE problem with FCD management — if this actually happens — because they have officially said NOTHING to their fan base (a story in Spanish with a MH quote doesn’t cut it) about it. Hitchcock was forced to say something on the Blog last week because fans were (and are!) reading Romanian new sites for info. I realize that that is hardly a reliable source. However, should Toja actually leave after the All Star Game, I will be livid with FCD management for NOT bothering to even officially keep us informed. Just a simple “the terms are confidential, but this is what we can tell you . . .” would be (would have been?) appreciated.

  • tex

    We need to remember that MLS is a feeder league and players need to be sold both for their good and the good of the league. With the rare exception Dallas has gotten something for the players that leave although not normally full value since it's been clear they want out prior to leaving. Obviously Goodson is an exception since he went on a free.<br />
    With the small salary cap (that only applies to FCD and a few others) the league can't compete with the Euro leagues if they want our players. An example is Goodson who reportedly turned down just under $200K and left anyway. The question is would he have stayed if the league had redone his deal (which grossly under paid him) earlier like maybe before the last year of the deal. They have another chance with Cooper so we will see what if anything they learned. The smart money says NO.

  • tex

    We need to remember that MLS is a feeder league and players need to be sold both for their good and the good of the league. With the rare exception Dallas has gotten something for the players that leave although not normally full value since it’s been clear they want out prior to leaving. Obviously Goodson is an exception since he went on a free.
    With the small salary cap (that only applies to FCD and a few others) the league can’t compete with the Euro leagues if they want our players. An example is Goodson who reportedly turned down just under $200K and left anyway. The question is would he have stayed if the league had redone his deal (which grossly under paid him) earlier like maybe before the last year of the deal. They have another chance with Cooper so we will see what if anything they learned. The smart money says NO.

  • micutu

    Im an FCD fan and a fan of Steaua … I like Toja, he is a good player but he will not adapt at Steaua. He is not made for Champions League and there are a number of players at Steaua that he will have to compete with. <br />
    1. Dayro Moreno – also from columbia<br />
    2.Plesan<br />
    3.Ovidiu Petre<br />
    2 and 3 are both romanian nationals, so expect them to have an advantage over Toja..<br />
    <br />
    not to mention owner favorite Banel Nicolita – who will start regardles if Toja is better than him<br />
    <br />
    And another thing, he is short and/but NOT fast egnough for a short guy ….

  • kovolikessoccer

    Those are still higher rates than they are paying in the MLS.

  • Im an FCD fan and a fan of Steaua … I like Toja, he is a good player but he will not adapt at Steaua. He is not made for Champions League and there are a number of players at Steaua that he will have to compete with.
    1. Dayro Moreno – also from columbia
    2.Plesan
    3.Ovidiu Petre
    2 and 3 are both romanian nationals, so expect them to have an advantage over Toja..

    not to mention owner favorite Banel Nicolita – who will start regardles if Toja is better than him

    And another thing, he is short and/but NOT fast egnough for a short guy ….

  • Those are still higher rates than they are paying in the MLS.

  • Gregg

    Well said micutu…Toja doesn't seem to have the skill or style of play that will fit in at Steaua. Glad to hear other Stelisti are having similar doubts.

  • Well said micutu…Toja doesn’t seem to have the skill or style of play that will fit in at Steaua. Glad to hear other Stelisti are having similar doubts.

  • micutu

    To Greg: <br />
    <br />
    I live in Dallas so I guess i like &quot;the hoops&quot; but ive been a life long Steaua fan…<br />
    <br />
    Disapointed that Dica left, and uncertain about the new signings… The thing that bothers me the most is that the Romanian Media talk about Toja like they know him, most ppl in the media never seen him play so why glorify him so much….<br />
    I hope im wrong, but he wont be at steaua after Christmas, because he wont be able to acomodate with the team… I wish em the best tho, to Steaua, FCD and Toja…

  • To Greg:

    I live in Dallas so I guess i like “the hoops” but ive been a life long Steaua fan…

    Disapointed that Dica left, and uncertain about the new signings… The thing that bothers me the most is that the Romanian Media talk about Toja like they know him, most ppl in the media never seen him play so why glorify him so much….
    I hope im wrong, but he wont be at steaua after Christmas, because he wont be able to acomodate with the team… I wish em the best tho, to Steaua, FCD and Toja…

  • tivo

    to micutu. toja is 6'1. get ur facts straight. and also he's not the fastest the guy on fc dallas, but he's not the slowest either.

  • tivo

    to micutu. toja is 6’1. get ur facts straight. and also he’s not the fastest the guy on fc dallas, but he’s not the slowest either.

  • Poink

    Hey!<br />
    <br />
    Toja is doing great in Bucharest. He played in the 2 qualifying UCL matches against Galatasaray and did extremely well… He is already an idol to the Steaua fans because of his impressive skills.<br />
    Thanks FCD for this great player and good luck in the future…

  • Poink

    Hey!

    Toja is doing great in Bucharest. He played in the 2 qualifying UCL matches against Galatasaray and did extremely well… He is already an idol to the Steaua fans because of his impressive skills.
    Thanks FCD for this great player and good luck in the future…