CARSON, Calif -- Everyone in the stands expected Galaxy star Edson Buddle to take the shot at goal in the first minute of the game, but Buddle "the finisher" decided to be charitable and give defender A.J. DeLaGarza a shot at net, and what a shot it was as DeLaGarza netted his first goal of the season. So finally, someone other than Buddle scored for the Galaxy.
"I wanted to take a touch at the goal... [but] I looked up and saw A.J. ahead of his man," said Buddle.
But charity could only go so far. Buddle went back to the ways of old and netted the next two goals, tallying up nine goals in six games.
"Edson's been doing so great," said DeLaGarza on Buddle's assist and overall performance. "I kinda feel bad for breaking his record. [He] could have had nine in a row.
"I've never started this way - it's a new experience, and I love new experiences," said Buddle. "I'm enjoying it, and it's unbelievable."
Buddle is enjoying this gravy train so much that during his celebration after the second goal of the match, in which his shoe came off in the scramble, he picked up the shoe and placed by his ear in a symbolic gesture. He later joked that it was a mimed phone call from U.S. National Team Coach Bob Bradley.
"I've been checking my phone every 15 minutes," said Buddle laughingly.
Regardless of Bradley's thoughts on Buddle, Galaxy skipper Bruce Arena could not be happier on his star's performance, "He's playing well. i think maybe even his best play tonight was his assist... we did not expect anyone to have nine goals in six games."
Still, even if Buddle nets all the goals, everyone seems to be perfectly fine with that. "That's his job, he's up there by himself... everyone is doing their part. All the pieces of the puzzle is fitting well, but it is nice to have someone else get on the scoreboard, "said Landon Donovan.
"We were disappointed last week in Kansas City and we wanted to atone for that."
Atone they did as they take this momentum on the road with two away games.
"We have two tough games on the road, we got to recover properly from this game...and try to go there and get a result," closed Arena.
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