Danny Mwanga felt a twinge in his shoulder after he sprinted past Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson in the first minute of the Union’s 1-0 win at sold-out PPL Park on Saturday.
Mwanga tumbled over Johnson and got up clutching his shoulder.
Though Mwanga played until the 55th minute when he was replaced with Fred, the club isn’t taking any chances with their ultra-talented rookie.
Mwanga said he was going directly from PPL Park to Crozer-Keystone hospital for an X-Ray. His status for Wednesday’s match at San Jose is unknown.
“It’s pretty sore,” Mwanga said. “I’m going now for an X-Ray. I hope it’s not serious.”
Team Manager Peter Nowak called Mwanga’s injury a “slightly separated shoulder.”
“We’ll see how he is and how it will play out,” Nowak said.
Mwanga was all smiles even with his shoulder injury. That’s because the Union turned in their first clean sheet of the season with the impressive victory over the Fire.
“Especially right now when we really needed the three points,” said Mwanga, who has seven goals and four assists this season. “We don’t feel like we’re out of the playoffs. We feel like we have the chance to make a move. To get a clean sheet makes it sweeter. Three points is what we were looking for. To do it in front of a sellout crowd was very nice.”
Let the record show that this shutout occurred in the 23rd game. Let the record also show that this club believed it easily could have come earlier this season.
“We have played well in a lot of games and one thing here or there hurt us,” Mwanga said. “In this match, we held on with our intensity for 90 minutes and got the shutout. I’m very proud of my teammates.”