"I think we were going into our third game of the new season and the Toronto boss pulled me aside and said I was being let go," Boyens, 25, recalled.
"I was taking up one of their foreign spots, which didn't help me.
"But it was hugely disappointing. At that stage, I had nothing guaranteed and there was a huge amount of uncertainty. I didn't know what to do."
Boyen's agent quickly arranged a trial with the New York Red Bulls and everything fell into place.
Within two weeks, Boyens was playing for the reserves against his former club - "that was bittersweet" - and before the MLS season was half over, he was a regular starter for New York.
He told the Otago Daily Times: "We all described the season as a rollercoaster. We had some great wins and we had some heavy losses. We were quite inconsistent throughout the year. But we shook up a few things just before the playoffs and everything just clicked."