It may only be an early roster, but even so, striker Edson Buddle is closer to international play than he has been in years. It was 2003 when he earned his first and only cap for the United States.
Now, nearly seven years later, the forward's recent blazing form in domestic league play has caught the attention of USA coach Bob Bradley. Buddle leads Major League Soccer in goals scored and had helped the LA Galaxy to an unbeaten record.
“It’s an opportunity and it’s a blessing and I’m ready to work hard,” Buddle told Goal.com after being named to the 30-player list of hopefuls for the World Cup.
Buddle had no particular master plan to make sure he was picked for the roster going to South Africa.
“Continue to do some of the things I’ve done to get there," Buddle explained. "I’m sure that playing some of the best players in the country will improve my game.”
One USA teammate Buddle is already familiar with is Landon Donovan, who has been impressed with his Galaxy teammate's resurgence.
"Edson, I've had obviously a very close look at all year," Donovan pointed out. "Edson in the past was a guy you wanted on the field when he was scoring goals. He could pull something out of nowhere and make a play. Now, whether he scores or not, he's really, really helped our team in all the little things. Even if he hadn't been scoring all these goals, I'd say that he's made a case to be included, because he's just been fantastic."
Indeed, Buddle has added quality assists to his accomplishements this year, showecasing his versatility. The forward expected Bradley would want more of the same.
“I’m pretty sure he’s going to push me and that he likes the little things and I’m going to continue to do what I’ve done to get there," Buddle stated.
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