Striker Edson Buddle of 2. Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt has received a late call up to the U.S. Men’s National Team. Buddle, named for the great Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento), will replace his former LA Galaxy teammate, Landon Donovan, who is out with injury, on the national team roster for friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador during the next 10 days.
Buddle, 30, is the fourth German-based player named to the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies. Already chosen by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann were national team regular Steve Cherundolo, long-time right back and captain of Hannover 96, along with young German-Americans Timmy Chandler of 1. FC Nurnberg and national team debutante Daniel Williams of 1899 Hoffenheim.
Buddle joined FC Ingolstadt during last winter’s transfer window and helped the Bavarian side avoid relegation in their bounce-back season in 2. Bundesliga. Buddle has scored five goals this season for Ingolstadt, which ties him for sixth with five other players in the Bundesliga scoring race, which is led byAlexander Meier, Dimitar Rangelov and Christopher Nothe with seven goals each. Buddle has played 449 minutes in Ingolstadt’s 2-2-6 season so far, almost exactly half the maximum minutes for ten league games. Buddle scored three goals last season after joining Ingolstadt for the second half of their season, starting seven matches and appearing in seven others as a substitute.
Buddle has previously earned seven caps for the USMNT and was part of the American’s 2010 FIFA World Cup squad that won its group before falling to Ghana in the next round. Buddle appeared as a substitute in the World Cup in games against England and Algeria. scoring two international goals after tallying 90 MLS goals between 2001 and 2010.
While Cherundolo, 32, has been a national team regular with over 70 caps, and Chandler earned praise in his four USMNT appearances, the inclusion of Daniel Williams was something of a surprise. Williams, 22, is a versatile player who came up in the Karlsruher SC youth system before joining SC Freiburg. Although he made his Bundesliga debut in January, 2010, he only totalled fourteen appearances for the Breisgau-Brazilians before heading to Hoffenheim at the end of this summer’s transfer window. Williams, another American international born of a German mother and an American father stationed with the U.S. military in Germany, has found a comfort zone under the tutelage of Hoffenheim coach Holger Stanislawski and is seeing increased playing time this season. He had already been noticed by Klinsmann while at Freiburg, and his season thus far at Hoffenheim helped him gain a callup. Although a dual citizen of Germany and the United States, Williams just received his U.S. passport last week.
Williams is excited to play for the nation of his father. According to Brian Sciaretta’s interview with Williams on the Yanks Abroad site, “This past summer when I went to the States, it became my dream to play for the United States,” Williams stated emphatically. “I really felt connected to this country. When I was in Miami, everyone thought I was American because the way I looked and acted. In Germany, the people see me as a foreigner. Everyone knew that one of my parents [came] from another country. But I feel so connected to the United States after being there and I’m honored to play for them.” Family and friends are also excited for the German-American player.
“My father went with me to the embassy this past week and he was so, so proud of me,” Williams said of last week’s events. “He said he loved it that his son now has an American passport. He is incredibly looking forward to me playing for the US national team. When I was younger I always thought about having two passports but growing up I was so busy with soccer everything got sidetracked and we didn’t focus on it. He told me how happy he was that I now had a US passport and that I would play for the country he was born in and served.” Williams continued in the Yanks Abroad article that “The reaction was unbelievable among my family, friends, and my girlfriend who is from Miami. For me it’s a dream to play for the United States. I haven’t had time to enjoy it because everything has happened so quickly. I will realize it all soon.”
The USMNT play CONCACAF rival Honduras Saturday October 8th in Miami and face Ecuador at Red Bull Arena the following Wednesday as the team searches for its first win under Klinsmann’s helm.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)
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