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Danny Mwanga Re-Signs With Colorado Rapids

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After a disappointing first year in Colorado, Danny Mwanga will return for a second.

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During the wonderful Renaissance of youth that was the RapKids movement last year, there was a less glamorous side to the young guns movement. His name was Danny Mwanga. Traded for a first-round pick last season, Mwanga was expected to contribute like he did in Philadelphia after he was made the first pick of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. To say that didn't happen would be an understatement; he had no goals in only a handful of largely forgettable appearances.

Colorado's not ready to give up on him just yet, however. They announced today that he was re-signed to a new deal following his option not being picked up earlier in the off-season.

It obviously won't be disclosed for a while, but it was likely a money thing that kept the Rapids from picking up his option in the first place. Mwanga made a somewhat ridiculous (at least considering his playing time and production) $170,000 last season, and with his spot in the first team still in doubt along with a cap crunch currently going at the team, his salary was likely cut down a bit.

We'll see if he can earn a bigger salary again later by getting that old production back.