American Edson Buddle Scores in German Debut!

American international Edson Buddle, recently signed in the January transfer window by 2. Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt 04, opened his German account with a goal in his league debut Friday evening.  His 76th minute goal, scored against MSV Duisburg’s American goalkeeper David Yelldell, gave Ingolstadt a 1-0 lead before Die Schanzer surrendered a late goal to split the points.  Despite the frustration of yielding a late goal, Buddle’s strike at least gained relegation-zone Ingolstadt a result against fourth place Duisburg and reason for optimism.

Buddle, the former LA Galaxy star, started the match for Ingolstadt manager Benno Mohlmann, playing in the striker role.  He won a 16th minute free kick, but was largely ineffective as the teams played to a scoreless first half.  In the second half, Ingolstadt had the better attacking chances and Buddle, perhaps feeling more comfortable after a long layoff from competitive action, began seeing more of the ball.  After the hour mark, he got on the end of a Andreas Buchner cross but Buddle’s shot was blocked.  Ten minutes later, in the 73rd minute, Buddle got off another close-range shot, but his attempt lacked power and was easily saved by Yelldell, and two minutes later a Buddle shot was deflected for a Ingolstadt corner kick.

Stefan Leitl’s corner kick into the box was deflected to Buddle, and the 6’1″ native of New York right-footed a true shot past Yelldell for his first goal in German competition.  The 76th minute strike gave the Ingolstadt fans reason to cheer and was a good reward for Buddle’s growing confidence and effectiveness in the match.   Olkay Sahan’s goal ten minutes later gave Duisburg a share of the spoils.

Buddle, 29, had trialed earlier this winter in England before signing with Ingolstadt.  The New York native began his professional career with the Columbus Crew in 2001, where he scored 42 times in 106 appearances.  In 2006 he moved to the NY Red Bulls, but his performance there and later in Toronto were hampered by injuries.  His 2007 move to the LA Galaxy got his career back on track.  Buddle, named Edson by his father in honor of  Brazilian legend Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento), scored 42 goals in three seasons for the Galaxy, earning himself a place on the American 2010 World Cup squad.  Buddle was also named to the 2010 MLS Best XI team and was named the Galaxy’s MVP.

In his 2. Bundesliga debut, Buddle had five shots, including two on goal.  He was called twice for offside, drew one foul and committed two.  Buddle will look to continue his goal scoring next Friday when Ingolstadt plays away to Rot-Weiss Oberhausen.  He played almost the entire match, being subbed off with two minutes remaining in regulation.  Quite a feat for someone who hadn’t played a competitive match since the Galaxy’s season ended last fall.

In other 2. Bundesliga Friday action, Paderborn 07 drew 1-1 with FC Augsburg while visiting 1860 Munich hung a 1-0 loss on Osnabruck.

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