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.