Oregon State forward Danny Mwanga has signed a contract with Philadelphia Union, securing his place as the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s MLS draft, ESPN reported today.
The Union have yet to confirm the signing, and Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz refused to divulge the team’s planned draft pick to the Philadelphia Daily News when asked. ESPN’s Ives Galarcep didn’t identify his source for the contract deal, which he reported may be worth $200,000 annually. But considering Galarcep recently scooped everyone on Landon Donovan’s contract and loan and several Generation Adidas signings with similarly anonymous tips, we’re inclined to share it here.
Mwanga skipped Major League Soccer’s weekend draft combine as reports swirled that the Union would select him with the first pick in the draft. That was just one of several signs that pointed to a Mwanga selection.
Of course, Peter Nowak could throw a curveball in Thursday’s draft, but we’ll just have to wait and see.