Saturday, October 1, 2011

Buddle Scores Twice for Ingolstadt

After ten years in Major League Soccer, Edson Buddle finally made the jump overseas this past winter signing with 2nd division German club FC Ingolstadt. It's wasn't the glamorous move that he might have been hoping for, but an opportunity is an opportunity, and with Buddle already 29 years old at the time of the move, if he had waited around for something better the reality is he may never have been able to play in Europe. His first half season was a bit rough. After scoring 17 goals for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2010, he managed to find the back of the net just 3 times in his first 14 games in Germany as Ingolstadt finished just one place above the relegation zone. Things are going better this year though. Buddle scored a pair of goals in Ingolstadt's 5-3 loss today, the second time in three games that he's found the back of the net twice, and he now has 5 goals on the season. If he can continue to find the back of the net, you have to think it'll get the attention of National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who has already started Buddle once since taking the job over from Bob Bradley. However, Buddle will not be part of the U.S.'s next round of friendlies, with Klinsmann instead opting to go with Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Teal Bunbury and Landon Donovan. With the Americans coming off of back-to-back shutouts though, until somebody starts finishing, you have to figure the job is there for the taking.
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