- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 6, 2012
- 3 Comments
- 2012 MLS Season, Danny Mwanga, Features, Jorge Perlaza, Trades
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.