With eyes looking toward 2014, American fans have been drawn to some of the young MLS standouts this season, with perhaps none drawing the same amount of attention as the 19-year old Danny Mwanga of the Philadelphia Union.
As one of the leading contenders for the league’s Rookie of the Year award, Mwanga leads all first-year players with seven goals, which is even more impressive considering that he’s only played 15 matches. The former Oregon State star has also chipped in three assists and a real flair for the dramatic with three goals this season coming in stoppage time.
The forward has made his intentions of playing for the United States known, but as a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he’s still waiting on the necessary paperwork to become a full-fledged U.S. citizen, a process that can take a significant amount of time.
Considering the relative lack of depth at forward when compared to other positions, bringing in talent like Mwanga could pay off significant benefits in the future.