August 28, 2014
Mwanga becomes 3rd MLS player to join Cosmos on loan
NEW YORK – It's official. The Cosmos announced Thursday they acquired forward Danny Mwanga on loan from the Colorado Rapids.
|Danny Mwanga could very well suit up for the Cosmos when they visit the Indy Eleven Saturday.
Photo courtesy of the Cosmos
As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mwanga could very well make the Cosmos' game-day roster for their Saturday match at the Indy Eleven.
“If he’s available, he probably will be traveling,” head coach Giovanni Savarese told BigAppleSoccer.com Writer Matthew Levine after Thursday’s training session. “We are doing everything we can to be order to get in the clear for him to travel.”
Mwanga became the third loan player on the North American Soccer League team, joining defender-midfielder Connor Lade (Red Bulls) and defender Jimmy Ockford (Seattle Sounders) from Major League Soccer.
“This is a great opportunity for me in joining the Cosmos,” Mwanga said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to getting started in training with the guys, working hard and hopefully contributing to the team’s title defense.”
The 23-year-old Mwanga was selected by the Philadelphia Union with the first overall pick of the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft and was one of three finalists for the 2010 MLS rookie of the year award. During his stints with the Union (2010-2012), Portland Timbers (2012) and Colorado Rapids (2013-2014), Mwanga has scored 15 goals and recorded 10 assists in 98 regular-season games.
“We’ve been looking to make additions to our options at forward and we believe Danny provides that,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said said. “Danny is an experienced player who is still young and we are looking forward to having him join us.”
Born in the Congo, Mwanga moved to Oregon in 2006 before he played at Oregon State University from 2008-2009. He earned his U.S. citizenship in June 2013.