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Edson Buddle
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Personal information
Full name Edson Michael Buddle
Date of birth May 21, 1981 (1981-05-21) (age 28)
Place of birth New Rochelle, New York, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Los Angeles Galaxy
Number 14
Youth career
1993–1995 FC Westchester
1999 State Fair Roadrunners
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Long Island Rough Riders 26 (11)
2001–2005 Columbus Crew 106 (42)
2006 New York Red Bulls 28 (6)
2007 Toronto FC 10 (0)
2007– Los Angeles Galaxy 62 (25)
National team
2003 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 November 2007

Edson Buddle (born May 21, 1981 in New Rochelle, New York) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer.




College and Minor-League Career

Buddle played one year of college soccer at State Fair Community College, leading them to the 1999 NJCAA Division I National Championship. Buddle began his professional career in 2000, when he signed with the Long Island Rough Riders of the A-League. Buddle helped the team win the Northeast Division, scoring eleven goals and four assists, and was a finalist for the A-League Rookie of the Year Award.

Columbus Crew

His performance in the A-League attracted the interest of MLS, and Edson was selected twenty-seventh overall in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew. Buddle played very little in his rookie year, only 556 minutes, but managed to show his talent in his brief playing time, scoring three goals and two assists. The next year, at the age of twenty-one, Buddle established himself as one of the league's best young strikers, scoring nine goals and five assists in only 1304 minutes while helping the Crew to a U.S. Open Cup win. Plagued by injury troubles, Buddle only started sixteen games for the Crew the next year, but again was a prolific scorer when healthy, registering nine goals and four assists. The same pattern repeated itself in 2004, as Buddle missed significant time to injury, but still scored eleven goals and two assists in twenty starts. His 2005 totals were nine goals and two assists, and he missed at least one month of action after violating the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Policy when he was caught by Columbus police and refused to take a breathalyzer test.[1]

Red Bull New York

Before the 2006 season, Buddle was traded to Red Bull New York for Eddie Gaven and Chris Leitch.[2] On November 22, Edson Buddle was traded to Toronto FC for Tim Regan who was previously claimed in the 2006 MLS Expansion Draft by Toronto FC.

Los Angeles Galaxy

On June 13, 2007, Buddle was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy for Tyrone Marshall. He scored in his first game against Real Salt Lake.

Buddle was not expected to be a starting striker as the 2008 MLS season began, as the Galaxy already had three attacking forwards in Carlos Ruiz, Landon Donovan and Alan Gordon. In spite of this, Buddle became a prominent striker on the Los Angeles Galaxy offense, filling in for the injured Guatemalan striker Carlos Ruiz or when Landon Donovan and Ruiz were absent while on international duty for the United States and Guatemala, respectively.

He scored two hat tricks: one in Week 8 against FC Dallas and one in Week 12 against the San Jose Earthquakes[3], winning the MLS Player of the Week in both weeks.[4] After his second hat trick, teammate David Beckham commented, "Edson is an individual who is getting better at the game. He's proved that tonight."[5] After scoring his ninth goal against the Columbus Crew on June 22, 2008, coach Ruud Gullit said he had become a "true professional" and that he was "very pleased" with him.[6] ESPN's Andrea Canales noted that Buddle had once suffered from a reputation of being "maddeningly lazy at times, giving up on passes that didn't fall in his striking-sweet zone," but that he had improved due to guidance from Beckham and an improved self-confidence as he scored more goals.[5] MLS Extratime's Shep Messing said, "I don't think there's a better tandem up top than Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle...They complement each other. They don't take away each other's space, making it better for each other."[7]


Although he may have been a promising player for the United States national team, Buddle's injuries have made it difficult for him to break into the squad. He has figured for the U-20 and U-23 teams, playing in the 2001 World Youth Championship. However, he currently only has one cap with the senior team, which he earned March 23, 2003, in a friendly against Venezuela.


Buddle is named after Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé. His father, Winston Buddle, a former professional soccer player born in Jamaica, chose the name. Buddle attended Port Chester High School in Westchester County, NY.


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