Juan Toja

New England Revolution

Match Day #26 Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution

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Game Information: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution

Where: Gillette Stadium

When: 7:30 PM

Channel: CSN

Meet the Opposition: The Bent Musket

Officals Allen Chapman. Craig Lowry; Mark Cahen; 4th: Ted Unkel
MLS Career: 28 games; FC/gm: 20.

Revs Lose In Colorado 2-1

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Once again the New England Revolution failed to hold a lead away from home as they lost 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids last night.

Juan Toja had given the Revs a 1-0 half-time lead, but as in Vancouver recently, the MLS's best defense could not keep out the Rapids in the second half and New England's playoff hopes took another hit.

Second-half goals spur Rapids comeback vs. Revolution

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For the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night, persistence paid off.

Taking advantage of their large amount of possession and a number of chances, the Rapids scored two goals in five minutes to defeat the New England Revolution, 2-1, at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.

Mile High Letdown

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Juan Toja's free kick gave the New England Revolution a first half lead, but after center back Stephen McCarthy suffered an injury around the hour mark and was forced to leave the match, the Rapids scored twice, giving the hosts a 2-1 victory in Colorado.

The loss extended the Revolution's winless run in Colorado to 10 games, dating back to 2002.

A View from the Fort: In The Middle Of The Table Or A Perpetual Muddle?

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Revolution midfielder Juan Toja tries to get past Galaxy midfielders Marcelo Sarvas (left) and Hector Jimenez (right) in a Jun. 2 contest at Gillette Stadium. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Mid-season; In The Middle Of The Table Or A Perpetual Muddle? Plus an interview with Juan Toja.


With a quite possibly dry (no beer) and certainly hot (July weather) home match against the Quakes marking the middle of the Revolution's 2013 season, practically all the demarcations for assessment of the team's accomplishments fluctuate wildly up and down with wins, followed by losses and draws, yet always returning to the same place, a bit below the middle of the league standings, and well shy of post-season qualification.

Open Cup Collapse

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Revolution head coach Jay Heaps, seen here in a Jun. 12 Open Cup tilt vs. New York, fielded a strong lineup in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to D.C. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Apparently, the Revolution forgot to pack something before departing for D.C. on Tuesday. Namely, their scoring boots.

United vs. New England: Winless streak hits twelve games in 0-0 draw in New England

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D.C. United put forth their best defensive effort in quite some time and came out with a point in their 0-0 draw tonight against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The draw extends United's club-record winless streak to twelve matches and keeps them cemented to the bottom of the Eastern Conference [.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution at Red Bulls

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Revolution midfielder Juan Toja tried to provide spark off the bench in Saturday's contest against the Red Bulls. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

We don't typically start the Five Things feature with a query after all, that's what "Five Questions" is for but was anyone shocked that an own goal ended the Revolution's scoreless streak?

Revolution vs. Sounders 2013 Final: New England Earns 0-0 Draw

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The New England Revolution's search for offense will have to continue next week after they were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw with the Seattle Sounders on Saturday afternoon. In fairness, a scoreless draw in the foreboding confines of CenturyLink Field was far from the worst possible outcome to this match.

Lack of Tempo Hurting The New England Revolution

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The New England Revolution scoreless streak is now over 300 minutes as the Revs lost 1-0 to FC Dallas on Saturday in front of 10,284 fans at Gillette Stadium.

After beating the Chicago Fire 1-0 on their seaon opener, New England have failed to score since. And the lack of goal scoring chances has to worry Revs boss Jay Heaps.

Technically Speaking

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Juan Toja lunges for the ball with Andrew Jacobson nearby. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

(Editor's note: For more analysis on the Revolution's most recent performance, New England Soccer Today introduces "Technically Speaking,"which will regularlyfeature former professional soccer player andcurrent coachRick Sewell, who will give hisinsight on the technical and coaching side of the game.

Stream of Consciousness: FC Dallas at New England Revolution

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The encyclopedia says Stream of Consciousness is "a narrative mode that seeks to portray an individual's point of view by giving the written equivalent of the character's thought processes."In other words, DJ watches games, and writes down whatever comes to mind. Sometimes prescient, sometimes odd, almost always entertaining.

Revolution vs. FC Dallas 2013 Halftime Update: Deadlocked 0-0 After Boring Half

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I could forgive you all if you fell asleep, unless you're an FC Dallas fan, in which case you're wondering what else you'll have to do to score a goal. The New England Revolution are playing an absolutely awful game of soccer, though it does appear that things aren't being helped by a pitch surface that is in desperate need of some new carpet.

Revolution vs. FC Dallas 2013: Preview and Game Notes

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The New England Revolution will take on FC Dallas tonight in a match against a team they've traditionally owned in spectacular fashion. Seriously, the all-time record against the Hoops is 23-12-3. I'm not sure it gets much more dominant than that. The numbers get better at home, with that mark standing at 12-5-1, and at Gillette, it's 8-1-1.

Five Questions: Revolution vs. FC Dallas

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Juan Toja (right) will face his former club on Saturday when FC Dallas comes to Gillette Stadium for an interconference contest against the Revolution (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Rest easy, Revolution supporters. Saturday's forecast does not include any ofthe following: sleet, rain,drizzle,high wind or temperatures below 40.

Hyndman on Juan Toja: ’09 was probably right time for FCD to part with him

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Other than current starting left back Jair Benitez, one of the more polarizing players to ever don the shirt for FC Dallas was fellow Colombian and midfielder Juan Toja, who played for the team in 2007 and for part of 2008.

At first, the long-haired South American who loved rock and roll was a revelation, a playmaker who was second on FCD in goals in 2007, a year where the team was led by Abe Thompson, who finished with seven.

Player ratings and analysis: Union 1-0 Revolution

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PSP has player ratings and analysis from Saturday's game, along with video of postgame interviews from the locker room and manager's press conference.

Match report: Philadelphia 1-0 New England

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Philadelphia Union pulled into second place with a 1-0 win over New England at PPL Park. PSP has the recap and video highlights.

Five Questions: Revolution at Union

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Juan Toja helped steer the Revolution a 1-0 win in Chicago last week. Can he point his club to three more points in Philadelphia on Saturday? (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Do you rememberthe last time the Revolution started a season 2-0-0?Not undefeated, not a win and a draw, but winners of their first two.

Fired Up!

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Jerry Bengtson scored the first goal of the 2013 season for the Revolution. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Jerry Bengtson's 62nd minute strike was all the New England Revolution needed to defeat the Chicago Fire on Saturday night in their season opener at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

Revolution vs. Fire 2013 Final: Bengtson Nets Winner as New England Wins 1-0

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The New England Revolution kicked off their 2013 MLS season in historic fashion, earning a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire in Bridgeview, Illinois on Saturday night. It was the Revs' first win at Toyota Park since 2007.

Jerry Bengtson finally managed to translate his Honduras form into club play, netting the winner in the 62nd minute off a "delicious" chipped cross from Kelyn Rowe.

Revolution vs. Fire 2013: Live Match Open Thread

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Be sure to discuss the New England Revolution's upcoming victory (knock on wood) in the comments section below!


Revolution: Matt Reis; Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, Jose Goncalves, Kevin Alston; Donald Smith, Clyde Simms, Kalifa Cisse, Juan Toja; Lee Nguyen, Jerry Bengtson

Bench: Shuttleworth, Barnes, Caldwell, Dorman, Rowe, Barrett, Fagundez

Fire: Sean Johnson; Steven Kinney, Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares; Patrick Nyarko, Jeff Larentowicz, Joel Lindpere, Dilly Duka; Chris Rolfe, Sherjill MacDonald

Bench: Tornaghi, Videira, Paladini, Thompson, Atouba, Alex, Santos

2013 Revolution Predictions

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What can we expect from Jay Heaps' Revolution in 2013? (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

With the 2013 season set to kick-off on Saturday, the staff ofNew England Soccer Todaytook our best guess at how the New England Revolution will fare in 2013.

Where will the Revs finish in 2013?

Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution - MLS #2 - Fireside Chat With The Bent Musket

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I exchanged questions with Steve Stoehr over at The Bent Musket. We traded 5 questions per side, and here is the end product. Enjoy!

Hot Time In Old Town Asks The Bent Musket

1. With the changes in the midfield during the off season, how do you see the players coming together this season and do you think that the changes are a drastic improvement from last season?

Ten Question Marks Leading into 2013

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In no particular order, here are ten pressing questions for the New England Revolution:

1. Who is Sainey Nyassi and what does he do?

He costs a pretty penny and due to injury, contributed minimally in 2012. Nyassi saw plenty of time in the playoff years of 2008 and 2009. Many assumed he'd be out of a job come this off season with a midfield boasting Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell, Juan Toja, Andy Dorman, Kalifa Cisse, Clyde Simms, Ryan Guy and Kelyn Rowe.

Revs cut ties with Feilhaber

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The writing was on the wall as the New England Revolution added midfielders after the 2012 season, but it was still bit of a head-turning development to see the Revs part ways with midfielder Benny Feilhaber.

New England declined to pick up the option on Feilhaber's contract, with sources telling SBI that Feilhaber's large contract option make it unlikely that he returns to MLS in 2013.

The Couch Captain: Revs 1, Fire 0

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When it comes time to summarize this 2012 season, it may take me awhile to figure out what kind of tone it will be written in, because nights like Saturday will continue to drive me mad when it comes to the New England Revolution.

With five players out, Benny Feilhaber missing due to suspension, and up against a red-hot club fighting for playoff seeding, the Revs pitched a shutout and came up with an incredibly solid performance, as well as their second home win over Chicago in 2012.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution at Union

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Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber collected a pair of cautions on Saturday, leaving his club short-handed in the waning minutes at PPL Park. (Photo: Tony Biscaia/RevsNet.com)

Benny Feilhaber may have just sealed his fate in Foxboro.

With the Revolution down a goal late at PPL Park on Saturday, Feilhaber, who played an inspired brand of soccer in the latter stages,might havethreaded a killer pass to Dimitry Imbongo orJerry Bengtson to level it.

Heaps, Revs go out ‘guns blazing’

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Entering a match against Eastern Conference-rival D.C. United Saturday night, the New England Revolution needed a result to remain in playoff contention.

After rookie Kelyn Rowe gave the Revs the lead in the 29th minute, the 'Boys in Blue' were once again unable to play with a lead. Just three minutes later, United leading scorer Chris Pontius leveled the score.

Juan Toja Arrives: How Will He Be Utilized?

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The New England Revolution tweeted and later reported in their weekly update that Juan Toja joined the Revolution for his first training session since signing with the squad a couple weeks ago. The former MLS All-Star arrived in the States on Sunday and it looks like promising for him to be available on Saturday against D.

Philadelphia Union

Adu in Brazil, getting ready for Pumas, must win for USA, more news

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Freddy Adu with Bahia. Union prepare for Pumas. Okugo yellow rescinded after Rev's Toja fined for embellishment. Must-win qualifier against Costa Rica for USA. More news.

McInerney named to TOTW & No. 2 on Castrol Top 20, more Union news, trouble in USMNT, more

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Hackworth press conference today at 1:30pm. McInerney named to Team of the Week, No. 2 in Castrol Weekly Top 20. Meola praises Union for sticking with Zac. Trouble brewing in USMNT squad? More news.

Philadelphia Union v New England Revolution Preview

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Hear from Jay Heaps, Jose Goncalves & Juan Toja regarding this week's league match vs. the Philadelphia Union.

It's rivalry week in Major League Soccer as New England heads to Philadelphia in search of their first ever win against the Union.

The Union won both meetings at PPL Park a year ago,but the Revs coming off the 1-0 win in Chicago, their first season opener win since 2009, go into this match healthy.

The Rest

Revs vs. KC Halftime Update: 0-0 Snoozer Thus Far

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It's halftime at Gillette Stadium and both teams have struggled to get ahead of the other. The wind is blowing and the elbows are swinging, providing the Foxboro faithful with a raucous, chippy first half but with only a handful of chances for the two clubs.

The first clear chance came for Sporting Kansas City in the 19th minute when a corner kick found its way into the Revs' penalty area, and was rebounded within the 6-yard box.

Toja Fined for Dive

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A 42nd minute foul in last Saturday's Revolutionmatch against the Unionwill leave Juan Toja lighter in the wallet.

On Thursday, the MLS Disciplinary Committee fined the Revolution midfielder an undisclosed amount for imbellishment following an Amobi Okugo challengenear theedge of the Philadelphia 18.

Revisionist History: Schellas Hyndman and Disgruntled Players

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On twitter today there was quite a bit on talk about Brek Shea and coach Hyndman. One topic was the same criticism of Schellas Hyndman we've heard before, that he runs off players who speak up, rebel, or aren't on board with his coaching. I, for one, tend to find that an overblown characterization.

Price Tags: Toja at $200K, Gavin at $80K

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Revolution midfielder Juan Toja is the second-highest salaried player on the roster, behind Benny Feilhaber. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

According to the Oct. 1 MLS Players Union Salary List, Revolution allocation pick Juan Toja is the second-highest salaried player on the club, with a figure listed at $200,000.