Danny Mwanga: 'I'm very grateful for my country'
[VIDEO PICK] MLS Insider takes a look at the Colorado Rapids' Danny Mwanga, who was recently granted U.S. citizenship,
capping a journey that took him from his native Democratic Republic of Congo to the United States. He was reunited with his mother, who had immigrated in 2001 after his father, a government worker,
went missing one day and was presumed to have been murdered by anti-government forces.
The first thing he asked from his mother when he arrived in Oregon was a soccer ball, and soccer
provided him a way to make friends when he didn't yet know English. It gave him a chance to get an athletic scholarship at Oregon State and a chance to turn pro and help support his family.
"It's not an opportunity everybody gets," says Mwanga, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
He's bounced around MLS from Philadelphia to Portland and now to Colorado,
where he hasn't scored in nine games. But he's still young -- he turned 22 on Wednesday -- and ready to contribute to his new country.
"I'm very grateful for my country," he says.
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily What They're Saying: Robbie Keane May 22, 5:45 p.m. |
"The problem is I think with people in Europe -- and this won't be Stevie's case ... What They're Saying: Alex Morgan May 22, 4:54 p.m.
"I have experienced sexism multiple times, and I'm sure I will a lot more. I feel ... What They're Saying: France U-17 coach Jean-Claude Giuntini May 22, 8:14 a.m.
"He was determined to take the penalty. There was no way I could refuse him." -- ... Friday: Shared interests foster Beckham's Miami meeting May 22, 8:03 a.m.
Friday could be a decisive day as David Beckham seeks to get the ball rolling on ... What They're Saying: Luis Figo May 21, 10:29 p.m.
"I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing FIFA leaders ... NWSL Roundup: Reign has plenty to counter China May 21, 10:19 p.m.
Seattle Reign FC has another bye week in the NWSL, but it will use it to ... TV Report: Top 15 U.S. EPL markets May 21, 9:36 p.m.
NBCUniversal, which concludes its second year of English Premier League coverage with "Championship Sunday" at 9 ... ICYMI | MLS: Wondo takes century chase to big stage May 21, 9:19 p.m.
A fast start to the 2015 season has Chris Wondolowski one goal away from reaching the ... MLS this weekend ... May 21, 8:47 p.m.
A 42-day stint on the road will take FC Dallas to both coasts and several points ... Open Cup: Cosmos-NYCFC? Jersey gets a say first May 21, 8:13 p.m.
U.S. Soccer conducted the draw for the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives