Thursday Trade for the Portland Timbers
During this international break for Major League Soccer the Portland Timbers decided to trade forward Jorge Perlaza for Philadelphia Union’s forward Danny Mwanga.
Many fans gave a positive reaction to this news and I would have to concur with most of what the Timbers fans have said. I have to admit Jorge Perlaza was getting a bit lazy on the pitch. He would not finish the deals and score the goals. He was good last season and went downhill from there. It is sad to see him go knowing that he was the person that scored the very first goal at Jeld-Wen Field against the Chicago Fire. However, in Philadelphia he will get more playing time and more opportunity to get some more goals. I am hoping that he doesn’t have the Kenny Cooper effect and blow us out of the water with his talents, since that is what is happening with Kenny Cooper and the New York Red Bulls.
Our newest forward Danny Mwanga is 20 years old has played in 63 games in the three seasons with Philadelphia Union. Danny Mwanga has lived in Portland area for a very long time; he went to Jefferson High School in Portland and then afterwards went to Oregon State University in Corvalis. So he has deep roots here in Oregon and that is a major reason he and the fans are just as excited to play for the team. He is probably excited that he gets to see his soccer friends from OSU and his family in Portland.
Who got the better deal in this trade? I will be biased and say that we got the better deal but others may disagree. Either way that is something that we will have to see as the time goes on during this season.
In other news, Steve Smith and Kris Boyd each got married in Scotland to their respective fiancees. Congrats guys and wish you guys the best of luck.