Union swap Mwanga for Timbers' Perlaza

Union swap Mwanga for Timbers' Perlaza

MLS- Philadelphia Union

Union swap Mwanga for Timbers' Perlaza


Danny Mwanga (Getty Images)

Two teams near the bottom of their respective conferences have made a trade involving a pair of talented forwards.

The Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union finalized a deal that will send Danny Mwanga to Portland and Jorge Perlaza to Philadelphia, the clubs announced on Wednesday.

Mwanga, the Union's first draft pick in club history, will now return to the area where he played high school and college soccer in a quest to get more playing time. The 20-year-old Mwanga had made five starts in nine appearances this season for Philadelphia, but he failed to find the back of the net and had only one assist.

The Colombian-born Perlaza gives the Union another offensive weapon to go along with the likes of Freddy Adu and streaky striker Lionard Pajoy. Perlaza, who will not take up an international roster spot due to him having a U.S. Green Card, started six of the 10 games he played in this season for the Timbers. He, too, does not have a goal this season.

What do you think of this trade? Who won? Expecting Mwanga to tear it up with Portland? Do you see Perlaza thriving with the Union?

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