Perlaza for Mwanga: The Megabus is on the Move

Eastbound & Down!

In a trade that makes sense for both teams today, the Portland Timbers sent jack-of-all-trades forward and speedmeister Jorge Perlaza to the Philadelphia Union for Danny Mwanga.

Mwanga had been getting zilch minutes on the playing front for Peter Nowak and took a $365,000 chunk out of the payroll. Meanwhile a change of scenery should benefit Jorge “Megabus” Perlaza. The Colombian forward had achieved the goals of helping open space in the Timbers attack, but when played in often Perlaza’s own shot was found wanting.

Good deal all around *on the field.

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.

10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jared on 2012/06/06 at 11:43 AM

    How long before Perlaza ends up in Nowak’s dog house? It’s become quite apparent that Nowak is a crazy person who should be fired. I have no idea why the Union owners allow him to continue to do what he does with little results. Nowak should be sending lots of thank you notes to Winter in Toronto.


  2. Posted by dth on 2012/06/06 at 11:51 AM

    Hah. I knew you’d get to this before me.

    Confidence is the main variable for Mwanga. Time has let us forget this, but Mwanga was dominant in the latter half of 2010 before getting injured. I don’t think Nowak ever figured out how to get him back, confidence wise.

    I could see Nagbe and Mwanga having a producive link-up.

    As to the Union, who the hell knows with them anymore? Free Amobi Okugo and all that jazz.


  3. Posted by Ufficio on 2012/06/06 at 11:58 AM

    What’s up with Mwanga’s citizenship? I remember reading that he was supposed to become eligible in 2011. I’m pretty high on him; even more so now that he’s out of Nowak’s clutches.


  4. Posted by msg24365 on 2012/06/06 at 12:18 PM

    So we got rid of LeToux b/c Mwanga’s salary was causing issues; Now, we dump 2010 #1 overall Mwanga (after giving him little PT) for some Italian Columbian who has scored how many goals this season?; Mike “I could not get PT at Chivas, yes, Chivas” Lahoud is a regular starter for us; And we are the worst team in MLS by way of our loss to Toronto; NOWAK STILL HAS A JOB ?!?!?!?!?!?!?


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/06/06 at 12:58 PM

      Agreed. Makes 0 sense. Mwanga is an “asset” not just a player. If you weren’t going to develop him, trade him last year. And if you were going to trade him, showcase him!…don’t have him depreciate value sitting not the bench.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/06/06 at 12:59 PM

      I’ll say it again as well–and this statement has been *confirmed* by two MLS player agents–why in the world would you encourage your player to take a deal from the Union and aren’t players/agents now seeking a premium to go there.

      It’s not a *good* situation.


  5. Posted by SamT on 2012/06/06 at 1:16 PM

    Matt, need to edit first sentence above. “The _Timbers_ sent jack-of-all-trades forward…”


  6. Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/06/07 at 9:24 AM

    This smelled funny from the moment he started doghousing LeToux last season and then followed his own bad advice and got rid of him. This was a team on the rise going into last season with a good solid fan base and mgmt has to realize that keeping him in charge is just plain dumb given the last 12 months of his foolish behavior.
    Only other explanation is that he wanted out of his contract for another gig and they forced him to stay..which could then explain his drunken toddler approach to team mgmt.


  7. […] and his players. Nowak drove a wedge between him and his players and fans. The Union became a team agents advised their players to avoid, because it was clear Nowak regarded players as little more than disposable […]


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