MLS Cup winner Edson Buddle will not be defending the title. Instead he has joined the 2010 winners Colorado Rapids in a trade which sees allocation money and the team’s first round 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft.
“Edson is an explosive, dynamic forward who is among the top scorers in MLS history,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. “He’s a strong presence up top, with both size and skill, and he has great experience in MLS, Germany, and the U.S. National Team. We’re happy to welcome him to the Rapids.”
He will don the mantle left by Conor Casey who has a week to join the Philadelphia Union if they can come to terms.
Rapids send allocation money and Supplemental Draft pick to LA
The Colorado Rapids have acquired forward Edson Buddle, a World Cup veteran with 93 career MLS goals, in a trade with the LA Galaxy. Buddle, 31, has been in Major League Soccer since 2001, playing 250 matches with four teams, and appeared in two matches for the United States at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
In exchange for the forward, the Rapids sent allocation money and the team’s first round 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft pick to the Galaxy.
Buddle comes to Colorado from the LA Galaxy, where he played from 2007-2010 and in 2012, scoring 45 goals in 106 games, including 15 goals in 2008 and 17 in 2010, when he was the runner-up for the MLS Golden Boot. During 2011, Buddle joined FC Ingolstadt of the German second division, where he notched ten goals with the team. He started his MLS career in 2001 with the Columbus Crew, where he played for five seasons, and also appeared for the New York Red Bulls in 2006 and Toronto FC in 2007.
The native of New Rochelle, N.Y. made his first appearance for the U.S. National Team in 2003, and was also a part of the U.S. in 2010, when he was selected to the squad for the FIFA World Cup. He appeared as a substitute in the United States’ matches against England and Algeria, and has made a total of 11 appearances and scored three goals for his country.
TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids acquire forward Edson Buddle from the LA Galaxy in exchange for a first round 2013 Supplemental Draft pick and allocation money.
Full Name: Edson Michael Buddle
Born: May 21, 1981 in White Plains, NY
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
Citizenship: United States
Last Team: LA Galaxy
Acquired: Acquired by the Rapids on December 14, 2012 from the LA Galaxy in exchange for a first round 2013 Supplemental Draft pick and allocation money.