Photo: Nicolae Stoian
Who knew we’d have less than 24 hours—not even a full day—to bask in the glow of another US Open Cup win before the announcement that yet another Philadelphia Union original had been traded. The way things are going, one can’t help but wonder if an announcement that Jack McInerney has been traded will also be a matter of hours rather than days. Anyway, however the Mwanga trade works out, at least this time the Union player being traded seems happy to go. That’s good, right? Right?
A classy Danny Mwanga, speaking with reporters via a Timbers teleconference on Wednesday evening, expressed his thanks for the opportunity he had been given to play in Philadelphia and his happiness in returning home to Portland. He also said, “Every player has a moment where you’re struggling and you’re trying to find yourself and things were a little bit tough sometimes. [But Peter Nowak Nowak] gave me the opportunity to come [to Philadelphia]. He drafted me and brought me into the league. I don’t think he would’ve done that if he didn’t see potential in me.”
Asked by Chris Vito when things soured in Philadelphia, Mwanga replied,
“That’s a good question. I think that’s probably a question I don’t have the answer to. I don’t know what to tell you. I wish I could. For me personally, it was tough trying to adapt. It takes time to get to know each other on and off the field, as well. Sometimes it takes more than three years. We were trying to get to know each other. Don’t get me wrong, I think it was getting there slowly. I’ve just got to wish the rest of the guys luck. I hope they pull it together and do great things.”
The Shin Guardian says of the Mwanga trade, “In terms of asset management, Portland gets a B+, Philly a C-. Mwanga’s value has dropped and that’s on the coaching staff and front office. It is-was only known to the Union that Mwanga was not in their plans. By not playing Mwanga (or trading him in January when Portland inquired originally), Mwanga’s value depreciated. Poor.”
WV Hooligan says, “Holy moly. Philadelphia is trading away their team here.”
Portland Timbers blog Stumptown Footy describes the trade as a “like for like swap.”
Soccer America says Mwanga is another example of how No. 1 picks have struggled to make a lasting impact in MLS.
Simon Borg, MLSsoccer.com’s resident moron, parachutes in the opinion that the Union got the better of the Mwanga-Perlaza trade. Somehow he believes Mwanga’s performance in the Manchester United friendly was the highpoint of his career. Pillock.
What, what what? Simon Borg says that Opta stats show the trade to be a pretty even deal. Make up your mind, Borg.
OregonLive.com rounds up the comments of Timbers fans, who believe they got the better of the deal.
Union Dues looks on the bright side.
The Brotherly Game talks to Stumptown Footy about Jorge Perlaza.
US Open Cup
More from Harrisburg’s win over New York Red Bulls in the US Open Cup from MLSsoccer.com, MLS Talk, Big Apple Soccer, the New York Post, West Coast Radio, Empire of Soccer has 5 lessons learned for Energy Drinks fans. Upper 90 rounds up anything else that you may have missed and has links to photos and video from the game.
The DCist writes of United’s loss to the Union, “What a bummer. I’ll be pulling for Harrisburg from here on out. We’ve already got enough Philly fans around here, for better or worse.”
SBI has brief background on the remaining underdogs in the tournament.
Sporting News looks at how Antigua and Barbuda got to Friday’s World Cup qualifier against the US, a path that includes the the formation of Antigua Barracuda, the USL PRO team that employs most of the national team players.
SI looks at the long road to the World Cup.
The USMNT moves up one spot to No. 28 in the latest FIFA rankings.
Goal.com talks to Herculez Gomez.
ProSoccerTalk looks at the USMNT’s center back options.
Jamaica has kicked two players off of their World Cup qualification squad for breaking curfew.
UEFA president Michel Platini says any player who leaves the pitch due to racial abuse at the Euros will be booked. “It’s a yellow card. It’s not a player – Mr. Balotelli – who’s in charge of refereeing. It’s the referee who takes these decisions. Referees can finish the game. They have this power in case of racism. That is, I think, the best way to protect the game against racism. The referee has been given advice and he can stop the game if there are problems.”