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Paid Their Dues: Mwanga, Hoffman find new clubs

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Two former Philadelphia forwards have found new employers, as Danny Mwanga and Chandler Hoffman joined second- and third-division sides, respectively, earlier today.

Mwanga, the club's first draft pick back in 2010, has signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL. There he reunites with former teammate Freddy Adu, who recently signed a new contract. Since Peter Nowak sent Mwanga to the Portland Timbers in exchange for Jorge Perlaza in 2012, the Generation adidas graduate's career has stalled. Mwanga has bounced from team to team, scoring only three MLS goals in the past three and a half seasons. He most recently played for Orlando City SC, though he rarely saw the field.

Chandler Hoffman has signed with USL playoff semifinalists Louisville City FC. Hoffman, like Mwanga, was also a first-round draft pick and Generation adidas member. Unlike his former teammate, Hoffman never really got a run in the Union's first team, and he was traded in 2013 after just one season in Philadelphia. The Alabama-born striker has appeared for both the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo since then, but his most productive spells came with those clubs' respective USL sides. In 2014, Hoffman was the third-leading scorer in the USL despite playing only 17 games for LA Galaxy II. He added to his USL tally last year, scoring four times for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.