Mwanga Goes No. 1 Overall in MLS SuperDraft

Jan. 14, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Former Oregon State men's soccer standout Danny Mwanga was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the expansion Philadelphia Union Thursday becoming the highest draft pick in Oregon State men's soccer program history.

'It's such a good moment; it's almost like a dream. I'm really excited to be a part of Philadelphia Union,' Mwanga said following his No. 1 selection. 'He (Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak) saw me play and he told me that I've done some much better as a sophomore that he felt like this was the age for me to go and hopefully make it to the next level.'

Mwanga decided to forgo his final two years of NCAA eligibility when he signed a Generation Adidas contract towards the end of December making him eligible for the MLS SuperDraft.

Mwanga became one of the most decorated athletes in men's soccer history at Oregon State in only two years. In 2008, he was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year only to follow that up by being name the Pac-10 Player of the Year at the end of his sophomore campaign becoming the first Oregon State player to win the award.

A 2009 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist, Mwanga led the Pac-10 in multiple offensive categories including: goals scored (14), points per game (1.67), goals per game (0.78) and game-winning goals (5). He finished second in points (30). His mark in goals per game ranked him third in the NCAA.

Mwanga's totals in goals, points, and shots (64) are the most since 2002 when Alan Gordon had 15 goals, 34 points, and 73 shots.

In just two short seasons, Mwanga is tied for seventh all-time at Oregon State in career goals (18), sixth in career game-winning goals (6), tied for second in career multi-goal games (6), and 10th in career shots 87. His 14 goals this past season is third best all time for a single season.

Following the 2009 season, Mwanga was named to the NSCAA All-Region Team, NSCAA All American-Second Team, College Soccer News All-American First Team, and was a Soccer News Net Player of the Year finalist.

Mwanga becomes only the second Beaver to ever be selected No. 1 overall in a major sport draft joining Heisman Trophy winner and Oregon Sports Hall of Famer Terry Baker who was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in 1963. Both Mwanga and Baker went to Jefferson High School in Portland, Ore.

Mwanga joins four former Beavers in the MLS joining Alan Gordon and Bryan Jordan of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Ryan Johnson of the San Jose Earthquakes and current MLS Cup champion Robbie Findley of Real Salt Lake.

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