Danny Mwanga

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Danny Mwanga
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Personal information
Full name Jean-Marie Daniel Mwanga
Date of birth (1991-07-17) July 17, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Kinshasa, Zaire
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Colorado Rapids
Number 55
Youth career
2008–2009 Oregon State Beavers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Philadelphia Union 61 (12)
2012 Portland Timbers 18 (3)
2013– Colorado Rapids 19 (0)
2014 New York Cosmos (loan) 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 28, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jean-Marie Daniel "Danny" Mwanga (born July 17, 1991 in Kinshasa) is a Congolese-American footballer who currently plays for Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Mwanga's father, who was an adviser to former Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, was killed during the nation's civil war in 1997,[1] and his mother had to leave him and his sisters behind with their grandmother. Mwanga eventually moved to the United States in 2006, reuniting with his mother and settling in Portland, Oregon. He attended Jefferson High School,[2] and played club soccer for Westside Metros Soccer Club[3] before playing college soccer at Oregon State University (OSU).[4] At OSU he started 11 matches as a freshman, scoring four goals, and was named the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year. The next year he was the player of the year in the conference after scoring 14 goals in 18 games, and was also selected as a second team All-American.[4][5]

Professional[edit]

Mwanga was drafted the 1st overall pick of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft in the 1st round by Philadelphia Union[6] and made his professional debut on March 25, 2010, in the opening game of the 2010 MLS season against Seattle Sounders FC.[7] On May 15, 2010, he had his first MLS goal at Lincoln Financial Field against FC Dallas in stoppage time to earn the club a draw. He also scored a second consecutive stoppage time goal on May 29, 2010, against Houston Dynamo for the Union to win 3-2.[8] In 2010, Mwanga was also a finalist for the MLS Rookie of the Year Award. He had a two goal performance at Toronto FC in Philadelphia's 6-2 win on May 28, 2011.[9] On June 8, Mwanga was named a nominee for the MLS All-Star Game.[10] He scored the game-winning goal for the Union to win 3-2 against Chivas USA on June 25.[11] This goal was nominated for MLS Goal of the Week and placed second.[12]

On June 6, 2012, Mwanga was traded to the Portland Timbers in exchange for forward Jorge Perlaza.[13] Mwanga was traded to Colorado in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft shortly before the 2013 season.[14]

Mwanga was loaned to NASL club New York Cosmos on August 28, 2014.[15]

Mwanga made his debut for the Cosmos on August 30, 2014 and provided an assist on striker Mads Stokkelien's goal in the team's 2-2 draw at Indy Eleven.[16] Mwanga scored his first goal for the Cosmos the next week on September 6, 2014 in a 2-0 home win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.[17]

Mwanga finished the 2014 season with one goal and one assist in eight appearances (all starts) for the Cosmos.[18]

International[edit]

Mwanga became a US citizen on June 24, 2013.[19] He has expressed an interest in representing the United States at the international level (instead of his native DR-Congo), telling Goal.com, "It would be an honor to represent the United States. Playing for the U.S. in a World Cup would be a wonderful opportunity".[20]

Career statistics[edit]

All-time club performance
Club Season United States MLS/NASL Open Cup MLS Cup CONCACAF Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Philadelphia Union
2010 24 7 1 0 - - - - 25 7
2011 28 5 1 0 2 0 - - 31 5
2012 9 0 0 0 - - - - 9 0
Club Total 61 12 2 0 2 0 0 0 65 12
Portland Timbers
2012 18 3 0 0 - - - - 18 3
Club Total 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 3
Colorado Rapids
2013 13 0 1 0 - - - - 14 0
2014 5 0 0 0 - - - - 5 0
Club Total 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
New York Cosmos
2014 8 1 - - - - - - 8 1
Club Total 8 1 - - - - - - 8 1
Career Total 105 16 3 0 2 0 0 0 110 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Congolese Soccer Player Scores for Oregon College
  2. ^ "Player Bio: Danny Mwanga". Oregon State University. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.westsidemetros.com
  4. ^ a b Suzuki, Toshio (March 24, 2010). "Danny Mwanga, Philadelphia Union ready for MLS debut". The Oregonian. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Suzuki, Toshio (January 14, 2010). "Danny Mwanga picked No. 1 by Philadelphia Union in MLS SuperDraft". The Oregonian. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  6. ^ 2010 MLS SuperDraft
  7. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=289675&cc=5901&league=USA.1
  8. ^ http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2010/05/recap-union-top-dynamo-3-2
  9. ^ http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2011/05/recap-union-find-goal-scoring-touch-rout-toronto
  10. ^ http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2011/06/fan-ballot-launched-att-mls-all-star-game-0
  11. ^ http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2011/06/union-defense-picked-attack-does-heavy-lifting-vs-chivas
  12. ^ http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2011/06/vote-mwanga-mls-goal-week
  13. ^ http://www.timesherald.com/article/20120607/SPORTS03/120609626/union-no-easy-decision-in-trading-mwanga
  14. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/02/28/report-danny-mwanga-expected-join-rapids-trade
  15. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/08/28/colorado-rapids-loan-forward-danny-mwanga-nasls-new-york-cosmos
  16. ^ http://www.nycosmos.com/matchcenter/gsmid/1634313
  17. ^ http://www.nycosmos.com/matchcenter/gsmid/1634318
  18. ^ http://www.nycosmos.com/theclub/roster/playerprofile/uuid/19n8i8he7y2wy19aqdz5dycnvw/danny-mwanga
  19. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/ci_23596748/rapids-danny-mwanga-completes-journey-from-refugee-proud
  20. ^ Hickey, Keith (July 11, 2010). "MLS Comment: Danny Mwanga Ready To Add To Immigrant Contributions To U.S. Soccer". goal.com. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 

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