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Edson Buddle back with the Galaxy

February 1, 2012 | 10:58 am

Edson Buddle

High-scoring striker Edson Buddle is back with the Galaxy after agreeing to a deal Wednesday morning, just hours after being released by his German club.

Buddle scored 42 goals in 87 regular-season games over four years with the Galaxy before accepting an 18-month contract to play for Ingolstadt in the 2 Bundesliga following the 2010 season. Buddle, 30, also played with the Columbus Crew, New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC before joining the Galaxy.

His best Major League Soccer season was his final one in which he scored a career-high 17 goals, made the postseason Best XI and was named to the U.S. World Cup team. That made him the only player in MLS history to score 40 or more goals for two clubs. He had 42 goals in five seasons with his first club, Columbus.

For his MLS career, he has 90 goals in 231 regular-season matches, making him the eighth-highest scorer in league history.

Buddle, who scored seven times for Ingolstadt this season, was in the process of finalizing travel plans Wednesday morning and could join the MLS Cup champion Galaxy in training camp by the weekend.

Per league and club policy, terms of his new Galaxy contract were not released.


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Photo: Galaxy forward Edson Buddle, left, and FC Dallas defender Jackson Goncalves battle for the ball in 2010. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press