Major League Soccer announced today that Danny Mwanga will remain a part of its Generation Adidas class. Mwanga, selected number one overall in the 2010 MLS Superdraft by the Philadelphia Union, will be protected in the upcoming 2011 MLS Expansion Draft as part of the Generation Adidas distinction. All Generation Adidas players do not have to be protected by their clubs, which allows the Union to protect someone instead of Mwanga (Shea Salinas, Kyle Nakazawa?).
As reported by Judah Levine on PhiladelphiaUnion.com, Mwanga's status was up in the air due to playing time:
Mwanga's status was previously uncertain, as his 1,461 minutes played in 2010 left him in a grey area.
The move will also help the Union with their salary cap situation, as it did this year:
As a result of Major League Soccer's decision on Mwanga, the 19-year-old forward won't count towards the club's $2.68 million cap in 2011 (reflecting a five percent increase from the $2.55 million cap in 2010, as per the most recent CBA).