Portland sends Mwanga to Colorado for first-round pick

The Portland Timbers announced Thursday that the club has sent striker Danny Mwanga to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

Mwanga, 21, joined Portland from the Philadelphia Union in June of last year and went on to play in 18 matches for the Timbers, scoring three goals.

"Danny was with the Timbers for a short time, but we appreciate his contributions to the club," said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers general manager. "With Danny being from Portland and having been developed as a player at Westside Timbers, it made this a very difficult decision. He was a great ambassador for the club and the sport in the community.

"It is a good opportunity for him in Colorado and we feel this move is beneficial for all involved. We wish him well."