Ex-All-Star Toja signs MLS deal, to be assigned via allocation
One of the most famous mullets in MLS history is making a grand return.
MLS on Thursday night confirmed that ex-MLS All-Star Juan Toja has signed a league contract and will return to the league via the allocation process. His new team will be revealed next week.
Toja, 27, played for FC Dallas in 2007 and 2008, earning a nod to the MLS All-Star Game in both seasons. He scored a total of eight goals in his 43 league appearances for FC Dallas.
The Colombian departed Dallas midway through the 2008 season, transferring to Romanian powerhouse Steaua Bucharest. In 2010, he moved to Greek Super League side Aris Thessaloniki (pictured right), a club which has acquired several former MLS players in recent years.
The New England Revolution currently sit atop the allocation order and will have the first option to acquire Toja. Whichever team selects the Colombian will then drop to the bottom of the allocation rankings which look like this:
Updated Allocation Order (as of Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012)
1) New England Revolution (28 pts in 2011)
2) Toronto FC (33 pts in 2011)
3) Chivas USA (36 pts in 2011)
4) San Jose Earthquakes (38 pts in 2011)
5) D.C. United (39 pts in 2011)
6) Portland Timbers (42 pts in 2011)
7) Chicago Fire (43 pts in 2011)
8) Columbus Crew (47 pts in 2011)
9) FC Dallas (52 pts in 2011)
10) Vancouver Whitecaps (28 pts in 2011 / Dropped from No. 1 to No. 12 after trade with PHI on June 26, 2012)
11) Seattle Sounders (2011 Conference semifinalist / 63 pts)
12) Sporting Kansas City (2011 Conference finalist / 51 pts)
13) Real Salt Lake (2011 Conference finalist / 53 pts)
14) Houston Dynamo (2011 MLS Cup finalist / 49 pts)
15) LA Galaxy (2011 MLS Cup finalist / 67 pts)
16) Montreal Impact (2012 Expansion Team / Signed Eddie Johnson from No. 1 spot on Feb. 17, 2012)
17) Colorado Rapids (2011 Conference semifinalist / Signed Kamani Hill from No. 11 spot on March 28, 2012)
18) Philadelphia Union (Moved from No. 12 to No. 1 via trade with VAN / Signed Bakary Soumare June 26, 2012)
19) New York Red Bulls (Signed Luis Robles from No. 10 spot on August 8, 2012)