Chivas USA announced another signing Monday, as they revealed they have signed former Real Salt Lake homegrown player Donny Toia. The 21-year-old last featured for Phoenix FC in the USL PRO, making him the third player signed by Chivas from that division in a week, following the additions of defenders Andrew Ribeiro and Fejiro Okiomah.
Previously, Toia has played as a forward and midfielder, but Chivas said Toia was a defender with the team. Based on his size, and the open-ended assessment RSL had when they signed him in 2011, it would appear he'll be a full back, likely a backup to Tony Lochhead at left back.
Despite joining RSL's roster, Toia never made a first team appearance for them, and was cut prior to the 2012 season. He returned to his home state of Arizona, and joined USL PDL side FC Tucson for 2012, before making the step up another level to Phoenix FC last year, where he played 24 games, scoring six goals and two assists.
Toia trialled with Chivas USA last fall, and started for the Goats in their friendly against FC Tucson last November, where he played left back.
Garrett Cleverly has a nice article on Toia's journey as a player and the back story that brought him to Chivas here.
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