May 15, 2010 |
It was supposed to be the sendoff game for Galaxy forwards Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle before they leave to join the U.S. team as it prepares for the World Cup. Posters were handed out. Handmade signs decorated the stadium. One said: "Buddle Scores Again," with the letters U, S and A picked out in red. But Buddle didn't score. Neither did Donovan. Neither did the Galaxy. Toronto FC came into Saturday night's Major League Soccer game at the Home Depot Center unimpressed by the fact that Buddle leads the league in goals and that Donovan leads it in assists.
March 31, 2012 |
Edson Buddle was on something of a sabbatical with the German bundesliga last spring so he missed the Galaxy's stumbling start, one in which Coach Bruce Arena's team won only two of its first six games. But he knows how the season ended: with four consecutive victories and a Major League Soccer title. As a result Buddle, a high-scoring striker, and the Galaxy are far from panicking after winning only once in four tries this season. "Bruce said this year we started out better for some reason –possession-wise — than last year.
October 31, 2010 |
By the time the Galaxy's charter flight from Seattle was scheduled to touch down in Los Angeles early Monday, much of what had happened hours earlier likely would be forgotten. Blame that on the convoluted rules governing the MLS playoffs, which gave the Galaxy little reward for its 1-0 win over the Sounders in the opening match of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday night. Or credit the team's veteran leadership, which has kept the Galaxy focused on the ultimate prize, the MLS Cup, while refusing to celebrate the incremental steps it will take to get it there.
August 14, 2010 |
Edson Buddle scored his 13th goal of the year, and the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the New York Red Bulls, 1-0, on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Major League Soccer. "I liked this game," New York coach Hans Backe said. "It was probably one of the most intense games for us this season. One turnover cost us a goal, but I'm still rather happy with our performance. We didn't overplay possession, and we played rather relaxed, and still created a number of chances. Once again, it's a good sign for us that we can compete and control possession against a team like the Galaxy.
July 4, 2010 |
The return of Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle from the World Cup was enough of a reason for the Galaxy's announced sellout crowd of 27,000 to cheer. The duo earned that applause early in a 3-1 win over Seattle on Sunday at the Home Depot Center. Buddle connected with Donovan's corner kick in the 19th minute to head it in for the team's first goal. Immediately following the goal, Buddle ran to the sideline and embraced his World Cup teammate. "There was a lot of energy and emotion at the beginning of the game with the big crowd," Donovan said.
January 10, 2011 |
"Change is good," former Galaxy player and general manager Alexi Lalas once proclaimed, and change is most definitely headed in the Galaxy's direction. On Monday, in two unrelated moves, Edson Buddle, the hotshot Galaxy striker from last season, and Cobi Jones, the face of the Major League Soccer team since its 1996 formation, both said their farewells. Buddle, 29, left because he was a free agent coming off the best season in his career and realized it was now or never if he wanted to play in Europe.