Portland Trades For Danny Mwanga

Portland Trades For Danny Mwanga

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 6, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, Danny Mwanga, Features, Jorge Perlaza, Trades

Danny Mwanga is headed back to Oregon. (Getty Images)

Holy moly. Philadelphia is trading away their team here. It was announced earlier that the Portland Timbers have acquired forward Danny Mwanga from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for forward Jorge Perlaza.

A striker for striker deal between the two clubs.

The 20-year old made 63 appearances (37 starts) over his first three MLS seasons with Philadelphia, recording 12 goals and nine assists. He’ll be returning to Oregon, the state that he played his college soccer at with Oregon State before becoming the number one overall pick in 2010.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for me to come back to my hometown and play in front of family and friends,” said Mwanga. “I’m excited, and I can’t wait to get out to Portland and get to work. I’m proud to be a member of the Portland Timbers.”

Perlaza, 27, made 41 appearances (32 starts) over two seasons with the Timbers, scoring six goals and adding two assists. He was signed by the Timbers on March 7, 2011, after playing the first nine seasons of his career in Colombia.

In a way this is a win-win for both sides. Mwanga gets out of Philadelphia – a move we all saw coming a mile away – while Perlaza goes to a club full of South American players. He should fit in nicely there.

Still the bottom line is the Timbers got the better end of this deal. Mwanga’s upside is far greater than Perlaza here. I wrote earlier how the Timbers need some life to their offense, this does it. Very impressed to see them not have to give up any draft picks or allocation to make it happen.

But my final thought on all of this comes down to one thing, what the hell is Peter Nowak doing? Yeah. Wow. He’s practically traded away every good piece to a club that was very good last season.

  • Matt (NEF)

    The only thing I can come up with for all these moves by Philly is that they are broke and cant meet their obligations for payroll and stadium finances without a cash call of the owners.
    They moved $356k in compensation ($250k in cap) off their books for $114k.
    If they were flush with cash they could have made Mwanga an under-21 DP at a $150K cap hit. This would have saved them $100k in spent allocation to keep him under DP status since he graduated GA end of last year and opened up another $100k towards the cap. Thats $250k that could have been used for another top line player or to keep Le Toux at the beginning of the season.
    Of course with all the hidden rules and regulations that the fans of MLS are not privy to could totally blow my whole argument here, so we probably will never know the exact reasoning behind these moves. If I’m a Philly fan I would be beyond bewildered and royally pissed.

    • AD22

      Considering the players’ salaries – outside of the amount under the cap/budget – are paid for by the league, how would moving big-salaried players help at all for payroll, stadium finances, and other non-team specific money issues? I look at this move (as well as the previous Califf and Le Toux moves) in two ways: high-profile guys who clashed with Nowak and his ego, and freeing up cap space to sign some “big names” in the summer transfer window.

  • Great get Timbers. Danny is an exiting player and he’s really going to help this team. Welcome home Danny.