Portland Soccer Roundup: MLS R.O.Y. Misses Mwanga

Danny Mwanga just misses out on MLS Rookie of the Year honors, Steve Nash speaks about the Port

Philadelphia Union forward Danny Mwanga, who played at Portland’s Jefferson High School and Oregon State University, fell short in his bid for MLS Rookie of the Year to 17-year-old midfielder Andy Najar of D.C. United.

Two-time NBA MVP and part-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps Steve Nash is excited for the rekindled Northwest rivalry in MLS.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber confirmed that major changes may be coming to the league’s playoff format, beginning as soon as next year.

Oregon State women’s goalkeeper, Colleen Boyd, who was featured in last week’s links, recorded her fifth and sixth straight shutouts, and school-record 12th and 13th of the season in 1-0 wins over Arizona State and Arizona last weekend. The wins set up a showdown between the Pac-10’s two frontrunners – the Beavers and the Stanford Cardinal – Friday in Corvallis. The Cardinal are the NCAA’s top-ranked team, while the Beavers come in at No. 15 in this week’s rankings.

Meanwhile, senior Jen Stoltenberg became Oregon’s all-time points leader as the Ducks women’s team disposed of Arizona 4-0 in Eugene last weekend.

The Portland State women’s soccer team had six players named to the All-Big Sky team, led by defender Toni Carnovale, who made it for the second straight season.

Former Portland Timbers U-23 Brock Granger has helped lead the University of Louisville to a 14-0-2 regular-season record and the No. 1 ranking on its way to the first perfect conference season in BIG EAST history.

Photo: Courtesy of MLSSoccer.com