Chivas USA signed Donald Toia as part of a corps of young talented defenders during the off-season. The Arizona native joins the Red-and-White after spending the previous season with USL PRO side Phoenix FC, where he made 24 appearances and recorded six goals, which earned him a Rookie of the Year nomination.
In 2012, Toia played for his hometown FC Tucson of the USL PDL, where he played in 15 matches, tallying five goals and registering two assists. Toia was originally signed as Real Salt Lake’s first Homegrown Player in 2011 after spending two years in their RSL-Arizona youth system branch. He made five starts in seven appearances for RSL’s Reserve Team before taking his talents to the USL.
Internationally, the versatile addition, who can also play as a midfielder, represented the U.S. as part of the U-18 and U-20 National Teams. With RSL’s academy, Toia was part of the U-18 side that represented MLS at the JRS World Cup-Comunidad de Madrid (U-18 Club World Cup) tournament in Spain in 2009 as well as the U17s that finished in third place at the 2009 SUM Cup.