Out-of-contract Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle has signed with 2.Bundesliga outfit FC Ingolstadt.
In the last year of his contract with MLS, where Buddle has spent the past decade of his professional career, the 29-year-old scored 17 regular season goals, helping steer the Galaxy to the Supporters' Shield trophy with the best record in the league.
“While I have decided to leave the Galaxy, I do so with fond memories of my four years with the club,” Buddle said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Los Angeles and will miss my teammates, coaches, staff and everyone who works for the club as they helped make me the player that I am today. I also want to thanks all of the great Galaxy fans who have supported me ever since I arrived at the club and I am hopeful that one day I will be able to return to the Galaxy and help lead them to an MLS Cup championship.”
After trials with Birmingham City and Rangers over the holiday season didn't lead to deals, Buddle will sign with Ingolstadt, relegation strugglers in the German second division. Former New England Revolution defender Amaechi Igwe plays for Ingolstadt, and Buddle's U.S. teammate Freddy Adu is currently on trial with the club.
"We are searching for an offensive player with experience and scoring qualities," Ingolstadt press officer Oliver Samwald told Yanks-Abroad.com about Adu's trial. The club has scored 19 goals in 17 games this season, posting a 3-11-3 record, good for 17th place in the 18-team 2.Bundesliga.
Besides shining for Los Angeles in 2010, Buddle worked his way back into the U.S. national team setup and joined the roster at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. There, Buddle made two substitute appearances.
The Galaxy picked up the rights to Juan Pablo Angel in the inaugural re-entry draft, but the Colombian striker has yet to sign a new contract with MLS.
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