Bravo wants Mwanga back in 2014: "Danny is a young player that we’ve invested in"

Bravo says team is trying to get new deal for talented youngster after declining option

Danny Mwanga vs Seattle

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The Colorado Rapids are working on new deals for several players, including Danny Mwanga, the 22-year-old striker who joined the Rapids at the start of the 2013 season in a trade from Portland.

Mwanga made 13 appearances for Colorado this past season, starting five games and notching an assist, and Technical Director Paul Bravo says while the club declined an option for Mwanga, the team is still working to bring him back in 2014.

“Danny is a young player that we’ve invested in and will continue to invest in, since we’re excited by his talent and potential,” said Bravo. “We’re actively working with his agent, and we hope to soon have an agreement in place that will bring Danny back.”

Mwanga has shown considerable promise in his professional career, having already played in 92 regular season matches over four seasons with Philadelphia, Portland and Colorado. He has 15 career goals and 10 assists, and was included three times on MLS’ “24 Under 24” series.

“We think he’s excited about the opportunity [to return],” said Bravo. “We believe in Danny, since he’s still young and has a lot of upside. We want to cultivate that and see if we can get more out of him in 2014.”