Peter Nowak

Paid Their Dues: Mwanga, Hoffman find new clubs

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Two former Philadelphia forwards have found new employers, as Danny Mwanga and Chandler Hoffman joined second- and third-division sides, respectively, earlier today.

Mwanga, the club's first draft pick back in 2010, has signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL. There he reunites with former teammate Freddy Adu, who recently signed a new contract.

Union and Perlaza Go Separate Ways

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The Philadelphia Union have announced that they have agreed to a mutual contract termination with forward Jorge Perlaza. Perlaza joined the Union this season in a trade which sent MLS Superdraft first overall pick Danny Mwanga to Portland. This move should come as a surprise to no one. Perlaza had not played or been available as a sub for the last ten Union games.

Philadelphia cite hazing, player endangerment, ‘culture of fear’ for firing Peter Nowak

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In June, the Philadelphia Union sacked their first manager, Peter Nowak, just six months after he signed a three-year contract extension with the club. Now Nowak is suing the club in federal court for the remaining three and a half years of unpaid wages left on his contract and severance pay, which he feels he's owed.

Colorado Rapids

Rapids Lose Two, Gain One In Today's Drafts

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MLS had two drafts today, the expansion draft for NYCFC and Orlando and the Waiver Draft for all the waived players in the league.

In the expansion draft the Rapids, surprisingly, lost two players including the 3rd overall pick in Tony Cascio to Orlando. Colorado pulled Marc Burch off the table after Cascio was selected.

Mwanga Loaned To Cosmos, Hinchey Speaks

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  • Today the Rapids announced that Danny Mwanga has been loaned to the Cosmos until the end of the 2014 season, but the Rapids can recall him up to the roster freeze date on Sept. 15th.

Probably a good move for all involved. Mwanga clearly isn't working out in Colorado and I'm not sure he has MLS talent anymore.

Paid Their Dues: Mwanga to Go on Loan with Cosmos

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The move will allow Mwanga to see the field more, as the Congolese forward has only received 214 minutes of first team playing time this season.

The Colorado Rapids have confirmed that Danny Mwanga will soon join the New York Cosmos on loan. Since joining the Rapids in 2013, he's only played 770 minutes, and he's failed to score a goal in that time.

Pablo Not Quite Head Coach and Player Updates

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The Rapids announced on Saturday that Pablo "will be at the head of our group of coaches" as preseason opens, but they went out of their way to avoid calling him Head Coach, using terms like "leading" and "in charge". I still believe its just a matter of time before he''s given the title. Maybe after this weekend's scrimmage against Houston so he can have at least one game under his belt.

Roster Churn Prior To Re-Entry Draft

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A ton of roster news in the last couple of days. Knocking it down 1 by 1.

  • The Rapids have declined the option on Steward Ceus
Not to be harsh, but that's a good move. Ceus obviously lost something this year. He was one of the last eight players on the roster from the Cup winning team.

Electricity And Water Cancel Out In Houston

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Colorado outplayed Houston for much of the match, but yet again an untimely injury changed the match and Houston managed to scramble back into it for a point. The Rapids were the dominant team in the first half, pressing Houston repeatedly and not being afraid to get physical with them. Harris had the first two chances but couldn't get them on frame.

Colorado Trades For Mwanga

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The Rapids made what will probably be their final move of the preseason today, sending their first round pick in 2015 to Portland for forward Danny Mwanga. The Congolese forward was the #1 pick of the 2010 draft by the expansion Philadelphia Union and had 12 goals in 61 appearances for the club before he was traded to Portland in the middle of last season.

Portland Timbers

Danny Mwanga Appreciation Thread

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The Portland Timbers acquired Danny Mwanga on June 6, 2012, from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for Jorge Perlaza in a deal seen at the time -- and since -- as a rather lopsided trade. Philly would later drop Perlaza from the squad, but Mwanga stuck around Portland for the remainder of the season.

Portland Timbers Sign Frederic Piquionne

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The Portland Timbers continued to remake the roster with two moves today. After sending out Danny Mwanga they signed veteran striker Frederic Piquionne after he trialed her in Portland. Caleb Porter must have not seen enough from Mwanga for him to trade him less than a year after the Portland Timbers traded Jorge Perlaza for him.

Rapids acquire Mwanga in trade with Timbers

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When Danny Mwanga signed a new deal with the Portland Timbers back in December, many thought he was being considered an integral part of the club's future.

So much for that.

Danny Mwanga's time with the Timbers came to a close on Thursday, as Portland dealt him to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

Rumor: Danny Mwanga to Colorado Rapids for 1st Round 2015 SuperDraft Pick; Timbers to Sign Frederic Piquionne?

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Here's a rumor for you to digest this morning. Ives Galarcep is reporting that sources are telling him the Portland Timbers will be sending forward Danny Mwanga to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a 1st round 2015 SuperDraft pick. Here is the exact tweet:

Sources tell me Rapids trading a 2015 1st-rd pick to Portland for Mwanga.

Mwanga re-signs with Timbers

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The Portland Timbers have been busy preparing for 2013 by making a number of moves in the early stages of the offseason, and on Tuesday they made another by re-signing forward Danny Mwanga.

The Timbers signed Mwanga to a new contract, assuring that the 21-year-old will stick with the club for the foreseeable future.

Portland Timbers Re-Sign Danny Mwanga

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It appears that Danny Mwanga is quite the focus of today's Portland Timbers news headlines as the club has officially announced that they've resigned him to a new contract. Those who were with us throughout the 2012 season will remember that the Timbers traded Jorge Perlaza to the Philadelphia Union over the summer in exchange for Mwanga.

Perlaza Reportedly Returns to Colombia, Joins Millonarios

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Under former head coach Peter Nowak, and Sporting Director Diego Gutierrez, Colombia was a source of talent for a Philadelphia Union team that needed an influx of it during an offseason. Now Colombia has become a place of departure for exiting Union players.

First it was Faryd Mondragon returning to Deportivo Cali, the team he began his professional soccer career with, and today it was Jorge Perlaza, heading to Millonarios after his rather forgetful time with the Union.

MLS Notes: Union cut Perlaza, Dynamo sign English midfielder Barnes and more

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The Philadelphia Union's trade haul for former No. 1 overal MLS SuperDraft pick Danny Mwanga did not last very long at PPL Park.

Colombian forward Jorge Perlaza was unceremoniously cut by the Union not even three months after being acquired from the Portland Timbers in exchange for Mwanga in early June.

Union and Perlaza Mutually Part Ways

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Controversy seemed to have started to slip away from the Philadelphia Union in recent weeks, excluding questions surrounding Freddy Adu and his ability to handle a benching. It was, however, simply a calm before a storm.

The Philadelphia Union and Jorge Perlaza chose to mutually part ways yesterday, according to a report by Philly.

Who Would You Trade Away from the Portland Timbers? [Poll]

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With tomorrow's big game the first since the trading away of both Troy Perkins and Mike Chabala, there's been a lot of opinion and suggestions coming from the fan base on what the Portland Timbers FO should do with regards to players. Obviously, most of you probably wouldn't have traded Perkins away, some of you probably would have traded Chabala.

You Choose POLL: McInerney Red Card Leaves Choice of Hoffman, Hoppenot, Martinez or Perlaza

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Jack McInerney's controversial red card, handed out against the Montreal Impact for his involvement the post-Martin Rivas headbutt 'scrum,' has left a hole at the starting false nine or central advanced forward role in the Philadelphia Union's hybrid 4-3-3.

The Union's options to replace McInerney have little starting experience in Philadelphia colors, but they do provide the team with some attributes not seen on the field otherwise.

MLS Players Union Releases Updated Salaries

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Not much new to talk about here from our perspective, but the MLS Players Union has released an updated mid-season salary list for all MLS teams, including our own Portland Timbers. While the Timbers haven't been terribly active this mid-season with regards to bringing in new players, specifically new players from outside the league, the two new players, Danny Mwanga and Kosuke Kimura, you probably didn't catch last time salaries released are now there.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Brunner is Back Edition

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The Portland Timbers held a closed practice at Jeld-Wen Field today ahead of their game against Chivas USA tomorrow: their second in as many weeks. Practice was closed after the team went through their usual warm ups and some passing drills and not reopened until after eleven.

Eric Brunner once again practiced with the team, staying on the pitch through the end of training.

Portland Timbers rebound after Colorado loss with impressive win over San Jose Earthquakes 2 to 1

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The Portland Timbers were facing a daunting task on July 3 when they met the San Jose Earthquakes at home. The Timbers were reeling a bit after a tough loss in Colorado, while San Jose has been the talk of MLS with their torrid play that has vaulted them to the top of the Western Conference. However, showing their ability to rise to the occasion, the Timbers knocked off the Earthquakes 2 to 1 behind goals from Danny Mwanga and Jack Jewsbury.

Quotes, Stats and Links: Giant Killers Edition

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Hope every one had a happy and safe 4th.


Portland Timbers Quotes

Timbers head coach John Spencer

On getting players ready after loss to Colorado:
"I think it's easy to get up for games here. The passion and energy that's in the stadium is just tremendous.

MLS Mid-Week Recap

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by Pedro Gomes

Happy belated Fourth of July everyone. Although not every match in the mid-week line-up offered its own dose of fireworks for the MLS faithful there was still plenty of soccer to watch on Tuesday and Wednesday night. And the late game dramatics of the Los Angeles and Philadelphia game capped off a spectacular slate of Holiday activities.

Jewsbury Scores His First of the Season

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Portland Timbers! mentioned.

PORTLAND, Ore. – It was a night of firsts as both Danny Mwanga and Jack Jewsbury scored their first goals of the season to lead the Portland Timbers to a 2-1 victory over San Jose Tuesday night at JELD-WEN Field. Photo Gallery

It resulted in the first loss for the Earthquakes – who came into the game with MLS' best record – since May 27, ending their three-game winning streak and knocking them off their high from Saturday's 4-3 victory over the LA Galaxy.

Timbers halt Earthquakes for key home victory

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Just three days after what was arguably their worst game of the year, the Portland Timbers responded to that disappointing show against Colorado by putting together the kind of victory has just might spark a full-blown turnaround.

The Timbers scored goals in each half, including Danny Mwanga's first for Portland since joining the team from Philadelphia, to earn a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night.

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Preview and Match Thread [6:00 PM]

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Last Sunday the Portland Timbers faced a huge test against their northern rivals the Seattle Sounders and they came out on top. It wasn't a pretty game. It wasn't an overtly dominant performance by the Timbers, but they dragged out a 2-1 victory... and that's what really matters, especially against a rival such as Seattle.

Portland Timbers Transfer Season: Editor's Choice

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Today is the last day of June which means tomorrow is the official opening of the International Transfer Window (ITW). While the ITW isn't required to make trades between other MLS teams as we saw with Danny Mwanga and Mike Fucito, most teams typically wait until about this time to make all their big moves, especially if they are planning on using the ITW to bring in a big international player as that usually means they have to move their respective squads around.

Misfiring Timbers not helping Spencer

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Portland Timbers continued their dismal MLS campaign with a 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers LA Galaxy, heaping further pressure on under-fire manager John Spencer.

The result defied soccer betting tips and saw the Timbers once again fail to score a goal, continuing a theme that has been running throughout the team all season.

Philadelphia Union

Union hungry, KC wary, Mac hungry, Seitz saintly, more news

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Hack says Union will go for it against KC. Vermes says Union could be dangerous. Jac Mack wants to be the man. Seitz donates bone marrow to save stranger's life. More news.

“Huge game”: Quotes, previews & more news ahead of the Crew

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Hackworth says tonight's game against the Crew is huge, believes Jack McInerney is the key to the Union getting goals on the scoreboard. Previews and power rankings. More on Freddy. With Perlaza gone, Nowak's Mwanga deal means Union got nothing. River Cup raised $30k. More news.


Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Songo'o Heals Quickly Edition

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The Timbers held their first practice at Jeld-Wen Field since Gavin Wilkinson assumed the head coach's position. Although today's practice was closed, the press was not booted off the field until almost 10:40, a record in recent weeks. Wilkinson started things off with the usual warm ups before moving to passing drills and games of keep away before practice was closed.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Flying High Edition

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The Timbers held a short, closed practice today at their Beaverton training facility before they fly out to Colorado later today.

Rodney Wallace practiced with the team today, staying on the field for the whole time for the second time this week (the other being yesterday, which I missed).

Major League Soccer

TSG’s MLS Preseason Prediction Midseason Review: Not Pretty (Part I)

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"What have I done!"

Every year before the MLS season we do an "MLS Predictions" column.

Every year we say the same thing.

"We're dropping science on ya."

And then every year at the All-Star break we say the same thing, "We meant humor."

We're big on accountability here at TSG and we're also big on looking back and skewering ourselves on some of the more asinine things we've said.

MLS: San Jose Stalls In Portland

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Two games from Tuesday night, with Houston and Chicago ending scoreless in front of 22,039 at BBVA Stadium. Chicago finished with only one shot on goal from six taken. Houston did one better, but needed 13 shots to produce those two chances. In Portland, the Timbers beat the team with the best record in Major League Soccer with a 2-1 win over San Jose at Jeld-Wen Field .

The Rest

Paid Their Dues: Mapp and Mwanga Go Home

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Both Justin Mapp and Danny Mwanga were shutout in their midweek knockout matches. As the fifth seeds in their respective conferences, both Montreal and Colorado had to travel to their opponents' stadiums. Mapp was often a dangerous player for the Impact this year, scoring two and assisting on eight, but with reports of a coaching change his spot on the roster may be in jeopardy.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over Edition

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With two games against Colorado in six days, the Timbers had a light practice session today at the team's Beaverton training center. Friday's starting eleven broke off and took part in a short regen session before heading inside while the rest of the team did their fitness work and played a short field game.

Introducing Blair Gavin

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Shalrie Joseph is gone. He is no longer a member of the New England Revolution. It is time to move on.

The oddest part of this whole Shalrie trade is that ultimately we do not know what to make of the spare piece we received. There is a second round pick in the SuperDraft - a tool for getting players that is slowly and surely losing its relevance.