Buddle Returns To Galaxy, Defense Still Needs Work

Buddle Returns To Galaxy, Defense Still Needs Work

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 1, 2012
  • Edson Buddle, Features

Edson Buddle is back. (Getty Images)

Edson Buddle is back in a LA Galaxy uniform. The deal to bring back one of the league’s all-time best goal-scorers happened today.

Buddle rejoins the Galaxy after being released from his contract with FC Ingolstadt 04 on Tuesday. Los Angeles maintained his MLS rights following his free transfer to Ingolstadt last January.

For those wondering how this deal is even possible, give this a thought. The Galaxy are able to afford Buddle by shedding a good chunk of salary from the books this offseason with the losses of players like Juninho, Donovan Ricketts, Jovan Kirovski and Gregg Berhalter. Los Angeles also received allocation money from Montreal in exchange for Ricketts.

I think it is great that Buddle decided that coming back to MLS was the right call.

While the thought of having Buddle, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and David Beckham leading this offense sounds amazing. Let’s not get to ahead of ourselves. The offense will be stout, but the defense has many questions going into what could be a banner year for the Galaxy.

The day that Omar Gonzalez went down with a knee injury and Juninho went back to Brazil, the Galaxy showed that they have some issues that still have to be addressed. Right now their starting center back combo will be Andrew Boyens and AJ DeLaGarza. While I am a huge fan of DeLaGarza, I just don’t see how Boyens will be a solid enough replacement for Gonzalez.

The more troubling picture is still the replacement for Juninho. Marcelo Sarvas may be a good replacement. But time will have to tell on that front.

I’ve always been a big believer of the “defense wins championships” motto. Last year so did Bruce Arena and the proof as they say is in the pudding. Arena has a lot of work to do on his defense but with this kind of attack, it looks like it is CCL Finals, MLS Cup and Supporters’s Shield trophy* or bust this season.

* Yes you could include the Club World Cup and the USOC in this bunch but let’s be real, the Galaxy aren’t going to care that much about the USOC and the CWC won’t be a big deal until they are actually in it.