- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 23, 2008
- 2 Comments
- FC Steaua Bucure?ti, Juan Toja, Summer Transfers
Some news on the eve of the All-Star game in Toronto. Pretty much just a follow up to last night’s topic on the possible sale of FC Dallas midfielder Juan Toja. It appears that a deal is now done.
According to Buzz Carrick at 3rdDegree.net, league sources say that Toja has been sold to Steaua Bucharest.
3rd Degree has learned from a league level source in Toronto at the All-Star game that Juan Toja has indeed been sold to Steaua Bucharest. As of this morning, Schellas Hyndman had said Toja was still a member of FC Dallas, but now our source says the deal is done and Toja will not be returning to Dallas. No word yet on the dollar amount of the transfer, but Hyndman did say that FCD placed a high value on the midfielder.
No word yet if Toja will still play in the All-Star game.
Stay tuned as we try to learn more and seek out additional confirmation.
From what I’ve heard, the transfer should come in somewhere in the $1 million mark, if not a little higher.
We all pretty much expected this to take place since the Romanian side upped their original offer for Toja. Honestly I wish him the best in Europe and hope to see him excel over there.
First year head coach Schellas Hyndman has a lot of work cut out for him here as the club really needs to act fast on this and get some new players in to improve this club. Its a tough blow for Dallas but let’s be real honest, Toja barely made an impact for the club this season. Where they go next is obvious, find an attacking midfielder along with their on-going striker search. The club will now have three open international roster spots (Toja’s old spot and the two they trade for a week ago). I’d still like to see the club go after another defender here too.
As much as it sucks to say the league is still a feeder league. But by saying that I believe we are all going to see the better end of it before long. Younger talent like Toja will continue to see MLS as that stepping stone and will continue to want to come play in the league. That kind of attraction won’t go unnoticed here by other South American players that want to go to Europe.
It is still tough to see another quality player go during the transfer window but that is the nature of the business.