MWANGA NEARS US CITIZENSHIP
RECAPS
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EXTRA TIME
BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, July 12, 2012
Portland's forward Danny Mwanga who was first overall pick in the 2010 MLS Superdraft is now close to finally receiving his American citizenship.

Mwanga, 20, was born in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) but moved to the United States in 2006. His father was killed in Congolese civil war in 1997.

In the United Sates, Mwanga played two years of NCAA soccer at Oregon State before turning professional with the Philadelphia Union. He played with the Union through June 6, 2012 when he was traded to Portland.

Mwanga has never played internationally but he has expressed a desire to play for the United States and would likely have seen time with US youth national teams in the past if he were eligible. His situation is now likely to change very soon.

"[It's] very close," A source with knowledge of the situation told YA. "Just waiting on some final paperwork now."

In his MLS career so far, Mwanga has made 68 appearances in league games with 40 starts. He has scored 13 goals in those games.
2tone
Sunday July 15, 2012 3:02 pm
When he becomes a citizen this is wher I would rank him in the U.S. Striker/FWD player pool.

Dempsey
Altidore
Gomez
Pontius
Boyd
Wondo
Wooten
Bruin
Taylor
Sapong
Agudelo
Cooper
Mwanga
McInerney
Bunbury
Davies
Bijev
Jann George
Salgado

But with that being said depending how he does with Portland I think his stock can rise dramatically. Always nice to have more strikers entering the fold.
Pablo
Sunday July 15, 2012 10:26 am
His stock has slipped but fits the profile of a good target forward prospect for the NT. Happy to see this and hope the Portland move bodes well for him.
bajan soccer
Saturday July 14, 2012 7:55 pm
darren mattocks has proven he is the real deal. He will be gone to europe before we can blink an eye(and i hope he goes because he is too good). He is Jamaican and US citizenship is no where in site especially since he now lives in Canada. More time, mon
NE Matt
Friday July 13, 2012 10:18 am
Tell me that Darren Mattocks is becoming a US citizen and I'll be hyped - with Mwanga, not so much
usry723
Thursday July 12, 2012 11:48 pm
Yeah!!! Great news. He's very talented. Hope JK is aware of him and give him a shot once he's eligible.
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