Danny Mwanga was the Philadelphia Union’s first round draft pick in 2010. Since then he has been on three teams in the last four years. Last June former Union team manager Peter Nowak traded Mwanga to the Portland Timbers, and on Thursday Mwanga was traded to the Colorado Rapids for a first found draft pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
The Rapids think Mwanga is a good fit into their game plan for the season.
Danny is a young, exciting forward who has proven his ability to make an impact in MLS,” Rapids technical director Paul Bravo said in a statement. “He will be a good fit for our system and we’re looking forward to welcoming him into our squad.”
For Portland it was a tough decision to trade away a player like Mwanga.
“Danny was with the Timbers for a short time, but we appreciate his contributions to the club,” Timbers GM Gavin Wilkinson said in a statement. “With Danny being from Portland and having been developed as a player at Westside Timbers, it made this a very difficult decision. He was a great ambassador for the club and the sport in the community. It is a good opportunity for him in Colorado and we feel this move is beneficial for all involved. We wish him well.”
With Rapids forward Edson Buddle out for the opening match with a knee injury, Mwanga will be able to have an impact on the team right away. He will also add depth for Colorado.
“We’re looking at three, five 10 years down the line,” Rapids president Tim Hinchey. “When you look at Danny, a No. 1 draft pick of Philly in 2010, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, talented striker. And Deshorn [Brown, Colorado's top draft pick this year], a big, strong striker-plus. They can be understudies to Edson. Now we have depth and assets for years to come.”