Galaxy striker Edson Buddle's phenomental start to the Major League Soccer season has been recognized with the league's Player of the Month award.
The 28-year-old forward from New Rochelle, N.Y., scored seven goals -- all seven Galaxy goals -- in the first four games, all victories. L.A. was held goalless in a draw last weekend at Kansas City.
Buddle, who was MLS's Player of the Week two weeks ago, after scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake, previously won the monthly honor in August 2002, when he played for the Columbus Crew.
Orange County native Scott French has been writing about soccer for more than 30 years for dozens of publications and Web sites. He was senior editor at Soccer America and was managing editor of MajorSoccerLeague Magazine from April 2007 until last summer. He has covered three World Cups for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and Los Angeles Daily News, two Women's World Cups for Soccer America, the Olympic Games, European Championship, U-20 World Cup, eight MLS Cups and all four professional women's championship games.