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Donovan-Buddle Show returns to Los Angeles
by Paul Kennedy, July 5th, 2010 3:07AM

TAGS:  los angeles galaxy, mls, seattle sounders


[MLS] Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan picked up where they left when they departed for the World Cup. They needed only 19 minutes to team up for the Los Angeles Galaxy's first goal in an impressive 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders before a sellout crowd on Sunday night. Here's what they had to say after the win ...

With their World Cup coach Bob Bradley watching, Buddle scored on a header off Donovan's free kick. It was Buddle's 10th goal and Donovan's 10th assist, both league highs.

"I’m tired," Donovan admitted. "There was a lot of energy and emotion in the beginning of the game with the big crowd. We put a lot of energy into the first half and then got tired, but I’m really happy to be back and I’m really happy to be a part of this team again.”

Buddle admitted he wanted to well in his return match.

"Being that it was a sold-out crowd," he said, "you want to impress the crowd so that fans come back on nights besides the Fourth.”

The Galaxy dominated the Sounders in the first half but had to wait until three minutes after the break for its second goal, a golazo from more than 30 yards by young Brazilian Juninho.

Afterwards, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena praised his two World Cup players.

"I thought they played well," Arena said. "Early in the game, you could see that Landon’s legs were a little heavy. He hasn’t quite, obviously, recovered from the games, travel, all of that. Certainly to Landon’s credit, he’s desire to be here, to be on the field and try to make us successful. Overall, I give him high grades on his performance tonight, as I do for Edson."

Arena acknowledged Donovan needs rest.

"If Landon was going to play his first game back from the World Cup," he said, "it was going to be in Los Angeles. If he needs some time off, we are going to give him some time off. It may be a decision we make his week. He may not be going to New England."

Arena had special praise for Juninho, who scored his first MLS goal.

"I thought he was outstanding tonight," he said. "We’ve seen this over the past month. He’s a very good player. He caught up to the speed of the game and the way we play in MLS. With all players, it’s a transition period. I think he’s done very well. You can see him being to emerge. I think he’s an outstanding player. I’m so happy for his goal. We see those goals in training. It was a fabulous goal."

The win gave the Galaxy a 11-1-3 record at the halfway mark. It is on course to smash its MLS record for points per game set in 1998 when it went 24-8 (shootout era) but failed to advance to MLS Cup.

The '98 Galaxy averaged 2.12 points per game -- the only time a team has averaged more than two points a game. The 2010 Galaxy is averaging 2.40 points per game. It needs 28 points in its last 15 games to break its record.

  1. Marco Sandoval
    commented on: July 5, 2010 at 10:53 a.m.
    The game itself was all that great. Not many shots taken on goal. To much of the play was one side. The goal by Juninho was simply outstanding (a good 35-40 yards out). My friend and I were to the left of the back of the goal, we totally saw it move crazy like.

  1. Philippe Fontanelli
    commented on: July 5, 2010 at 11:34 a.m.
    We saw Bradley watching the game and what did he learned from that that? Donovan needs somene to connect with. He connects very well with Buddle. If you all have noticed Donovan did not connect so well and he didn't have any one to connect with after Buddle was subbed. The whole attack became dull and pointless without quality finishing. That is the same reason Buddle would have been needed to play along with and for Donovan at the WC. LD is a great player he is a game winner but he needs a finisher and somoene that holds the ball and take the opposition off. But most of all a soccer astute coach that understands him. If you all remember Brian Ching came from obscurity at San Jose until Donovan started to combine with him. THen BC became a goalscorer in the National Team and in San Jose. BC's star and goalscoring's has fallen since he has no LD feeding him. Bradley should have learned from past experiences and examples.

  1. David Sirias
    commented on: July 5, 2010 at 12:22 p.m.
    Bradley is dead man walking. Don't spend any energy on him. Yes USA should have been in quarters with another coach But time to move on. If you really can't let go, write the Federation and demand they make the change before the end of year and then just enjoy!

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: July 5, 2010 at 2:10 p.m.
    Indeed, I agree w/Fontanelli, however, unfortunately Ching was not that much of an impact player, and yes, BB should've had both Donovan and Buddle playing together up top. But wait, there's more: does BB still live in SoCal, and was he "scouting" for players or to see what he missed out on with the Donovan-Buddle connection? A suggestion of qualified coaches for US Soccer to sign: HC, Klinsman; AC's: Sigi Schmid, Steve Sampson, and Ralph Perez. Why? All four of these coaches HAVE WC coaching experience, we know of Klinsman's experience as a player and coach; the other three also HAVE WC coaching experience - Assistants to Bora in WC USA '94 - IN ADDITION to knowing backwards, forwards, in-side out the US national player scene as well as extensive collegiate AND MLS experience, what with all three also won MLS Cup championships, Schmid twice, and Sampson and Perez once, and Sampson was HC for the Costa Rican national team, well, this is food for thought!

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: July 5, 2010 at 5:31 p.m.
    Hello again! I forgot to add that all four of my "nominees" are bilingual and trilingual (Klinsi & Schmid: Engl, German & Spanish,) and Sampson and Perez English/Spanish, though, in all honesty, there may still be lingering negative thoughts on Sampson's stint with the MNT - but I recommend that that was then, this is now!

  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: July 5, 2010 at 5:55 p.m.
    Not playing Edson Buddle in the World Cup South Africa was a BIGGER mistake than playing Ricardo Clark. In both instances, the team recovered from the mistakes made by Clark, but the team could never recover for the lack of form from Altidore and Findley.

  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: July 5, 2010 at 5:59 p.m.
    I love the idea of surrounding Klinsmann with coaches that know the American players, but feel it is imperative that Klinsmann be given absolute control over the selection of his staff, and the staff that covers the remainder of the youth national teams. Will US Soccer be willing to cede this control?

  1. Julio Moreira
    commented on: July 5, 2010 at 8:29 p.m.
    Bradley should step down and I feel confident that everyone will be content with his decision, he did well considering his limitations Jurgen Klingsman should be offered a good contract and US. Soccer will finally be in a professional hands. If it does not happen, Sunil Gulati should resign.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: July 5, 2010 at 11:34 p.m.
    To Bill Anderson & Julio Moreira: I believe that one of the stciking points four years ago re: Klinsman had to do with wontrol of the national training programs and staff selection. Consider that when Schmid was HC w/Galaxy, he was in daily contact w/Klinsman as AEG - from what I've heard - agreed to have him somewhat akin to a "technical consultant," Now whether this is true or not, that was then, today is now. Sunil Gulati, I feel, wanted him, but somewhere along the line, negotiations and discussions things fell apart, so it was not down for a Board of Directors agreement or signing off. However, I don't think that Sunil would resign if "it doesn't happen," but a national swell of public disapproval if BB is retained. As I've said previously, Mr. Bradley ought to do the honorable thing and that is tender his resignation before he is let go. He's been around the block and then some, so it isn't like the end of the soccer coaching world, and ought to look at Bruce Arena: HC and GM of the Galaxy! So he's admitted making mistakes, the team is back home, and life must go on with a new HC for the US MNT! (Hey, maybe he was in LA at the Galaxy game to have met with Arena for advise or maybe to regain his old coaching job w/Chivas? Nahhh!!!)

  1. Philippe Fontanelli
    commented on: July 6, 2010 at 7:03 a.m.
    Guys Iam sorry that I am still carrying about BB, but I can't help get keep on irritated when he gets interviewed and he states that everything is great and he gets congratulated by the media. For what? For failure? We finished first in the group to English blunder and some heroics and outstanding performance of some of our players. But then we were the only team out of the eight that finished first in their group and lost to the runner up. Great job BB! Admit the incompetence and hide away from the media instead parading like a hero.

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