Donny Toia

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Donny Toia
Personal information
Full name Donald Austin Toia
Date of birth (1992-05-28) May 28, 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Tucson, Arizona, United States
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Orlando City
Number 25
Youth career
2000–2009 Tucson Soccer Academy
2009–2011 Real Salt Lake AZ
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Real Salt Lake 0 (0)
2012 FC Tucson 15 (5)
2013 Phoenix FC 24 (6)
2014 Chivas USA 27 (0)
2015–2016 Montreal Impact 48 (1)
2017– Orlando City 30 (0)
National team
2008 United States U18 3 (0)
2011 United States U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 30, 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 23, 2013

Donald Austin "Donny" Toia (born May 28, 1992) is an American soccer player who plays for Orlando City in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Toia got his start with the Tucson Soccer Academy(TSA) as a forward, and at the end of his youth career with TSA, signed with Real Salt Lake as the club's first homegrown player in March 2011 after spending two years in their youth system,[1] however in February 2012, Toia was released by the club without ever making a first team appearance.[2] Following his release, he joined FC Tucson in the USL Premier Development League where he made 15 appearances for the club during the 2012 season.[3]

In February 2013, Toia signed with USL Pro club Phoenix FC for the inaugural season,[4] he made his professional debut on March 23 in the club's inaugural match, a 2–0 loss to Los Angeles Blues. Toia finished the season with 6 goals to lead the team and was a nominee for USL Pro Rookie of the Year, he was voted player of the season by La Furia Roja 1881, the club's supporters group.[5]

Return to MLS[edit]

Toia signed with Major League Soccer club Chivas USA in January 2014,[6] after Chivas folded in November 2014, Toia was selected in the 2014 MLS Dispersal Draft by the Montreal Impact.[7] He earned even more playing time in Canada, taking over as the Impact's starting left back, he was selected 1st overall in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft by Atlanta United FC, after which he was promptly traded to Orlando City for the eighth overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

International career[edit]

Toia has represented the United States at the youth levels.

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davis, Randy (March 15, 2011). "Real Salt Lake ink first Home Grown Player". Real Salt Lake. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Real Salt Lake makes the first cuts of the pre-season". RSL Soapbox. February 10, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ "FC Tucson 2012 stats". USLsoccer.com. United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Weber Among New Phoenix Additions". USLsoccer.com. United Soccer Leagues. February 11, 2013. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "USL PRO Awards Finalists Announced". United Soccer Leagues (USL). September 4, 2013. Archived from the original on October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chivas USA ficha al defensa Donald Toia | Chivas USA Sign Defender Donald Toia". January 27, 2014. Archived from the original on January 30, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy selected first as MLS holds Chivas USA Dispersal Draft". MLS. November 19, 2014. Archived from the original on November 21, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 

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