Mwanga stays positive as he awaits his opportunity with Colorado

New forward says he's "almost there" in adjusting to altitude, gaining fitness

Colorado Rapids forward Danny Mwanga is yet to feature for the team since arriving from the Portland Timbers at the end of February, but admits he is chomping at the bit to prove his worth.

The 21-year-old told ColoradoRapids.com that he has taken a little time to adjust to the altitude, and for him to be happy with his fitness levels.

“After a few weeks of training my fitness level is good and I’m settling with tactics and I’m almost there,” Mwanga said on Wednesday after training. "I've just got to keep positive, keep training and keep listening to the coaches.”

Mwanga has impressed in practice and was on the bench for last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at LA Galaxy. He hopes a debut is not too far away.

“I came in here excited to play," he said. "As a forward and the new guy in the team, I’ve got to make a good impression. I haven’t had a chance to get on the field yet but my focus is to train hard and keep pushing it, and when I get my chance to get on the field, I need to make the most of it.”

With just two goals from the opening four games, Mwanga's time could be coming and he is hoping his name is called when his former team comes to town this weekend.

The 21-year-old spent the latter part of last season at Portland - Saturday's opponent - netting three goals in 18 appearances.

“They’re a good team," Mwanga said of his former club. "They like to possess the ball, so I think we have to be mentally sharp, stay tuned in. There’s not one guy in particular we got to watch. We have to watch everybody on that team because they like to be in control.”

Saturday's match kicks off at 4 p.m. MT at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (BUY TICKETS).