Benji Joya

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Benji Joya
Personal information
Full name Héctor Benjamín Joya Jiménez
Date of birth (1993-09-22) September 22, 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth San Jose, California, United States
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 16
Youth career
2009–2011 De Anza Force
2011–2012 Santos Laguna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 Santos Laguna 4 (0)
2014 Chicago Fire (loan) 12 (1)
2015–2016 Club Necaxa (loan) 2 (0)
2016– Sporting Kansas City 0 (0)
National team
2012–2013 United States U20 19 (4)
2014– United States U23 4 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 26, 2015.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 23, 2015

Héctor Benjamín "Benji" Joya Jiménez (born September 22, 1993) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Sporting Kansas City.

Club career[edit]

Santos Laguna[edit]

Joya, who grew up in the Bay Area of California, was played in the USSF Development Academy for De Anza Force. In early 2012, he joined Santos Laguna's organization. He began during the 2012 Clausura with the club's U-20 team. In September 2012, the midfielder made his first team debut in a Liga MX match.[1]

Chicago Fire[edit]

Joya was loaned to Chicago Fire with an option to buy ahead of the 2014 MLS season. Joya made his MLS debut in 2014, as a 63rd-minute substitute, when his side were down 2-0. Seconds later after making his way onto the field, a deflected shot from Chivas USA keeper landed in front of him. He scored a left-footed shot inside the six yard box to add Fire onto the board making it 2-1. That was Joya's first MLS touch and only league goal of the season for him.[2]

Club Necaxa[edit]

Joya is loaned to Club Necaxa of the Ascenso MX.

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

Joya signed with Sporting Kansas City on September 15, 2016 before the MLS Roster Freeze.[3]

International career[edit]

Joya was a member of the United States U-20 squad at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[4]


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