The Portland Timbers have traded away forward Danny Mwanga, who went to Jefferson High School and Oregon State University.
In exchange, the Timbers receive a 2015 first-round pick in the MLS Draft from the Colorado Rapids.
"With Danny being from Portland and having been developed as a player at Westside Timbers, it made this a very difficult decision. He was a great ambassador for the club and the sport in the community," said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers general manager. "It is a good opportunity for him in Colorado and we feel this move is beneficial for all involved. We wish him well."
Mwanga, 21, played in 18 matches for the Timbers last season, scoring three goals after joining the club in a trade with the Philadelphia Union on June 6. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Mwanga has recorded 15 goals and nine assists in 79 regular-season matches over four MLS seasons.
Mwanga was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He starred at Jefferson High School in Portland and played club soccer at adidas Timbers Alliance club Westside Timbers as a boy.
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