Joya joins Chicago Fire after Santos loan to MLS
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United States youth international Benji Joya (pictured) joined the Chicago Fire on February 5, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Fire announced Wednesday that it acquired midfielder Benji Joya in a weighted lottery.  The United States youth international joins the Major League Soccer club on a one-year loan with a transfer option from Mexico’s Santos.

Joya joined the Guerreros in 2012, making four Liga MX and two Copa MX appearances. 

“Benji is a talented, young player,” said Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop.  “He has international experience and will be a great addition as we continue to build and strengthen our squad.”

The midfielder served as team captain during the Americans’ run to the 2013 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship final, where it fell 3-1 to Mexico after extra time.  In that match, Joya leveled the score at 1-1 with a 10th minute penalty kick. 

At the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, he played in two games – a 4-1 loss to Spain and a 1-1 draw with France.