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Buddle makes World Cup case
by Paul Kennedy, May 2nd, 2010 6:45AM

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TAGS:  houston dynamo, los angeles galaxy, mls, san jose earthquakes

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[MLS] How can you leave Edson Buddle off the U.S. World Cup team? The Los Angeles striker added two more goals, his eighth and ninth of the young MLS season, in the Galaxy's 3-1 with over Philadelphia. But as Bob Bradley alluded to on Thursday, equally impressive about Buddle are "the little things on the field that make a difference for his team," like his assist 39 seconds into Saturday's match that makes him again No. 1 in our Saturday's Three Stars awards ...

Saturday's Three Stars

1. EDSON BUDDLE (Los Angeles).

Scorer of the Los Angeles Galaxy's first seven goals of the season, Buddle turned provider 53 seconds into Saturday's game against Philadelphia, breaking through the Union backline and feeding A.J. DeLaGarza at the far post for the first goal. Buddle then put the game away with two goals, the first an opportunistic finish in the penalty area and the second after being fed by Landon Donovan.

2. LUIS ANGEL LANDIN (Houston).

The jury is still out on the young Mexican striker, signed on loan to a Designated Player contract last season, but he had arguably his best game with the Dynamo, scoring the first goal with a delicate chip and setting up Bryan Mullan for the second goal in its 3-0 win over Kansas City. Landin's partnership with Dominic Oduro clicked as they repeatedly broke open the Wizards' defense.

3. CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI (San Jose).

Wondolowski scored his third goal in as many matches to give the Quakes a 1-0 victory over Colorado. He ran on to a feed from Ryan Johnson, let the ball bounce once and then struck a vicious left-footed shot that gave Rapids keeper Matt Pickens no chance. The win was the Quakes' third in five games. It took them until their 14th game last year to get three wins.



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  1. Brian Herbert
    commented on: May 2, 2010 at 9:48 a.m.
    Another benefit of Buddle on the USMNT is he plays great with Donovan. I think sometimes it's not talked about that on World Cup teams, having "the best" players is not always the best recipe. Team chemistry and strong team play does not happen overnight, if you have a guy that has proven ability to work with an established star to put balls in the net, that's big.

  1. Damon Gardiner
    commented on: May 2, 2010 at 11:36 a.m.
    I'd have to say that right now Buddle IS one of the best forwards for us. Before Eddie Johnson is given another shot (again), or Robbie Findley, or Jeff Cunningham, I hope they give Buddle a chance in the upcoming matches. What have we got to lose?

  1. Lenin Merchan
    commented on: May 2, 2010 at 1:33 p.m.
    I agree wth Brian Herbert and Damon Gardiner. For those that say he does not have international experience and he may be affected by the pressure I say they are wrong. What greater pressure than playing in David Beckham. He has been on trips to China, Australia, New Zealand and has played against big teams. The teams include Chelsea, Barcelona and many other international teams that have played friendlies at the HDC. He definitely needs to be in the WC2010. I know he will leave after the WC if he goes on a relatively cheap transfer but He deserves to go to the WC.

  1. Alex G. Sicre
    commented on: May 2, 2010 at 5:11 p.m.
    I have been a Galaxy fan from the beginning. Buddle should get his chance. Forget about Johnson, hes had too many chances to mention. He has no killer instinct, no soccer brain. Buddle will score goals because he has found his catalyst through Landon Donovan, who will be at the world cup big time.

  1. Ted Westervelt
    commented on: May 2, 2010 at 5:56 p.m.
    Also, Bradley has to throw Don Garber a bone. Picking an MLS striker over a Euro based player is a roll of the dice. Say what you want about Eddie and Freddy, both have to fight and scratch for every second of PT in the real world of football, are both still young. Remember, EJ is the only player to notch back to back hat tricks in MLS. Playing in the imposed mediocracy of the single entity is just not an accurate representation of any player. Whatever the reason - I think most agree that Everton Donovan and Galaxy Donovan are not the same guy.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: May 2, 2010 at 7:40 p.m.
    Buddle's form is speechless...something has triggered his being in the right position at the right time and being able to have the confidence to identify the moment and make something happen. Bradley has to take him on, it's a no brainer under the current in-form scoring machine.

  1. Robert Kiernan
    commented on: May 3, 2010 at 12:33 a.m.
    Well Eddie Johnson is well past his sale date now, and Freddy ISN'T a Striker so he really isn't in this equation much either. Both Buddle and Gomez need to be in the 30 man provisional squad, their form just makes that a no brainer. But I'd stilllike to know more about, say Stuart Holden's state or if Jermaine Jones is heading off to South Africa or the glue factory? And reading Bob Bradley's comments, I really fear that Bornstein might be that bone to Garber,an MLS scrub on the National team. To bad about Edgar Castillo, he obviously wasn't given much of a chance to fight for the LB position even though it clearly hasn't been played by anyone who truly can be said to have who it straight on merit!

  1. Anthony Pignataro
    commented on: May 3, 2010 at 2:31 p.m.
    Will Tim Ream be given a chance? I think he should be one of 30.


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