Wrapping up a days worth of news, links, rumors and rampant speculation.
All About BuddleESPN LA:
Buddle is doing something very special: No MLS player had ever scored his club's first seven goals of the season, he's doing all the other things demanded of forwards, expertly so, and it bears mentioning again that the quality of his goals has been something else. The two Saturday were superb: He shook off Nat Borchers to head home Landon Donovan's corner kick for a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute, then netted the winner with an emphatic finish in the 76th. Said Donovan: "I don't think I've ever seen anything like it."
What's the difference in 2010?"The ball's going in the back of the net, that's the main thing," Buddle said. "I've had good years before this, but this year I'm happy to be scoring again."
While we're waiting for Charlie Davies and Brian Ching to get healthy, or lamenting the inability of Jeff Cunningham or Robbie Findley to stake their claim, Buddle has come from nowhere to make his case for a spot in South Africa. His ridiculous run of form includes seven goals in the undefeated Los Angeles Galaxy's four games so far. ... On Saturday, Buddle grabbed both both goals in L.A's 2-1 defeat of RSL, avenging his critical missed penalty kick in last year's MLS Cup final and leaving many people wondering if he's the shocking answer to the national team's striker dilemma.ESPN:
It's not just the numbers that speak well of Buddle. The L.A. striker has been finding the net in all manner of ways, and his game-winning tally in the 76th minute, one in which he buried a half-volley past RSL keeper Nick Rimando, reveals a forward whose confidence level has long since exceeded the red line. Buddle has also been making huge contributions in terms of his hold-up play and the physical presence he has provided up top. Sounds like just the kind of player Bradley could use, right?MLS Soccer by Ives Major League Soccer Talk
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Los Angeles at Kansas City, 7:30 p.m.
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