GALAXY: Donovan reunites with Buddle
January, 16, 2012
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Former Galaxy forward Edson Buddle is joining Landon Donovan and Tim Howard at Everton, training this week on trial with the Toffees as his club in Germany looks to trim wages.
Buddle, 30, started his trial Monday, according to his Los Angeles-based agent, Richard Motzkin, who posted the news on his Twitter account: “For those asking, my client @EdsonBuddle will be on trial this week at Everton FC.”
Buddle scored 15 goals for the Galaxy in 2008 and 19 in 2010, then departed for a much larger salary with FC Ingolstadt in Germany's second division. He's scored nine goals in 33 games since arriving a year ago but has been searching for a new home since the club told him last month about the plan to cut costs.
“If he wants to leave us, we will find a solution,” Ingolstadt sports director Thomas Linke said, according to Agence France Presse.
There also has been interest from English second-tier side Birmingham City and third-division Sheffield Wednesday.
Motzkin attended Friday's U.S. national team's scrimmage against the U.S. under-23 national team at Home Depot Center, and he indicated that Buddle was not in England but might soon return and that Major League Soccer was an option for the athletic, 6-foot-1 forward.
Buddle scored 90 goals in 10 MLS seasons with Columbus, New York, Toronto FC and the Galaxy, netting 44 in all competitions for L.A. in a 3½-year stint that began in 2007.
Howard, the U.S. national team's top goalkeeper, is a fixture in the nets at Everton. Donovan, the Galaxy's captain, has played four games in a loan spell that lasts until Feb. 25.