The Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday announced the signing of forward Edson Buddle on a free transfer, bringing back one of the most prolific goal scorers in franchise history. Buddle left the Galaxy in January 2011 and played a year with FC Ingolstadt of the German 2.
"I am thrilled to be able to return to MLS and a club that has meant so much to me in my career," Buddle said. "When I left for Germany last winter, I said that I hoped to be able to one day return to the Galaxy and help lead the club to an MLS Cup championship. That day is today and I look forward to the challenges that now lie ahead."
Buddle, a member of the U.S. National Team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, scored 42 goals in 87 regular season games with the Galaxy in four seasons from 2007-2010. His best year was in 2010, when he finished second in the MLS with 17 goals as the Galaxy won their first Supporters Shield in eight seasons.
"We’re really excited to have Edson re-joining the LA Galaxy,” General Manager and Head Coach Bruce Arena said. “He has been an outstanding player for us in the past and we look forward to him continuing that success for many years to come."
Buddle, who has also played for the Columbus Crew and New York Red Bulls, has 90 goals in 231 career games in his 10-year career, making him the eighth leading scorer in MLS history.
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