One year after leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy, Edson Buddle is back.
The Galaxy announced that the club has signed the 30-year-old forward on a free transfer after he was released from his contract by German second-division side FC Ingolstadt.
“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.”
It was just one year ago, in January 2011, when Buddle left the Galaxy for Ingolstadt. During his time in Germany, Buddle tallied 10 goals, including seven this season, but the club struggled and it became apparant that Buddle's future would lie elsewhere.
Buddle returns to the Galaxy, where he scored 42 goals in 87 regular season games during his first stint from 2007-2010, including a 17 goal campaign in 2010.
"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 is a U.S. international, who has earned 10 caps, including two at the 2010 World Cup. He scored in the team's 3-2 win at Slovenia in November 2011.
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