Mwanga and Buddle could be options against RSL

Pareja says Mwanga enters equations for weekend, waiting for Buddle to give thumbs up

Danny Mwanga and Edson Buddle at training

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Frustrated with the lack of goals despite dominating possession in each of the first two matches, Oscar Pareja may have his two new forwards available for the weekend match at Real Salt Lake (4 p.m. MT, Altitude TV).

On Monday Edson Buddle played 60 minutes in a reserve team scrimmage against the Air Force Academy on the stadium field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

"The first 45 (minutes) were sharp, and I was glad to see him getting into competition in a big field, getting in combinations with the guys, (and) trying to get match fit." Pareja said of Buddle's reserve team performance following Wednesday's training. "The second half he slowed down a little bit, which was expected. It was very positive to see him in a game already."

After having Tuesday off, Buddle trained for the first part of Wednesday's session before being pulled about an hour in to receive treatment on his bothersome right knee.

"I was very happy because (Edson) did the hardest part of the training," Pareja said. "It seems like his knee bothers him a little bit but it's not a big concern, hopefully. We planned to get him through the first part of the session and slow down in the second part. So it went according to how we planned it. But it's still a concern that he has a little bit of pain."

The other forward acquired in the offseason, Danny Mwanga, appears ready to contribute after missing the first two matches. Mwanga, acquired in a trade from Portland two days before the season opener, returned to Oregon earlier in the week to take of his move to Colorado and was not available for Monday's scrimmage.

"Danny did good," Pareja said of Mwanga after training. "Today was a day where he has now been in town already, he has been set, and he's training with the guys. It's positive. I think Danny comes into the equation as well this weekend."

As for Buddle, Pareja is waiting for the veteran forward to give the green light.

"To be honest, we need goals," Pareja said. "I'm just waiting on (Edson) to put his thumb up and he'll be ready to go."