LA Galaxy Forward Edson Buddle Named MLS Player of the Week
Buddle contributes two goals and one assist in Galaxy’s 3-1 win over Philadelphia
NEW YORK (May 3, 2010) – LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 6 of the 2010 MLS season. Buddle supplied two goals and one assist in the Galaxy’s 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, May 1 at The Home Depot Center. This is Buddle’s second Player of the Week honor in 2010.
After supplying each of the Galaxy’s first seven goals this season, Buddle notched his first assist of the season just 51 seconds into the team’s match on Saturday. Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens played the ball through to Buddle just outside the penalty area. He took a touch and played the ball across the goalmouth to A.J. DeLaGarza, who sent a sliding shot past Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz.
Buddle resumed his scoring prowess in the 27th minute. After Seitz saved a diving header from Galaxy forward Alan Gordon, Buddle picked up the rebound, attempted a back heel shot which was deflected by the defense, and then buried the ball with his follow-up shot.
Buddle earned his fourth multi-goal game of the season as he scored again in the 45th minute. Just before halftime, midfielder Landon Donovan received a pass from Stephens and took off down the right side of the field. Donovan played the ball through to Buddle at the top of the penalty area and Buddle finished for his second goal of the night.
With nine goals and one assist, Buddle has been involved in all of the Galaxy’s 10 goals this season as the club remains at the top of the league standings with a 5-0-1 record.
This is Buddle’s ninth career Player of the Week award: 2003 – Week 1; 2004 – Week 18 & 25; 2005 – Week 1; 2006 – Week 22; 2008 – Week 8 & 12; 2010 – Week 4 & 6. Buddle was also named Player of the Month for April, 2010.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.
2010 MLS Player of the Week Winners>/u>
Week 1: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
Week 2: Kenny Mansally (New England Revolution)
Week 3: Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
Week 4: Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Week 5: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Week 6: Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy)