As if the defending MLS Champions needed any more offensive firepower, the LA Galaxy announced today that Edson Buddle would be rejoining the Galaxy after terminating his contract with FC Ingolstadt by mutual consent.
Buddle’s addition gives LA the league’s best forward tandem, as he and Robbie Keane will lead a line that should feast on the service provided by Landon Donovan and David Beckham.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Buddle has 90 career MLS goals and enjoyed the most productive years of his career with the Galaxy under manager Bruce Arena, tallying 39 goals during the regular season and playoffs from 2008-2010. Buddle also has 10 caps for the US, scoring three goals.
“We’re really excited to have Edson re-joining the LA Galaxy,” Arena said in a press release. “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.”
Not sure how the Galaxy can afford Buddle, Kean, Donovan and Beckham and still stay under the salary cap, but the Galaxy look an early favorite to repeat in 2012 if everyone stays healthy.