HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: Jorge Perlaza #16 of the Philadelphia Union shoots over a block attempt by Andre Hainault #31 of the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on June 30, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Controversy seemed to have started to slip away from the Philadelphia Union in recent weeks, excluding questions surrounding Freddy Adu and his ability to handle a benching. It was, however, simply a calm before a storm.
The Philadelphia Union and Jorge Perlaza chose to mutually part ways yesterday, according to a report by Philly.com. Philadelphia followed up the report by confirming it on the team's radio show, the 90th Minute, and a press release posted on its official website.
The trade brought an end to the Mwanga project, which had its ups-and-downs during a two and a half year period. At times Mwanga showed off flashes of the talent that had French teams interested in him and that had made former head coach Peter Nowak convince the striker to stay in the United States for the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
Mwanga was expected to produce for the Union and the deal that sent him away for an older, equally out-of-form player made fans question Nowak and the Union yet again, despite the then 21-year-old's own faults. The contractual termination of Perlaza, after only two appearances for the Union since joining the team after the June 6 trade, casts yet another shadow over the 2012 season for Philadelphia.
After the loss of Perlaza, and the dealing of Mwanga and Lionard Pajoy - who the Union sent to D.C. United for Danny Cruz - the Union have Jack McInerney, Josue Martinez, Chandler Hoffman and Antoine Hoppenot.