A coaching change at FC Ingolstadt led to an early winter break for Edson Buddle, who was sent home until the new year. The U.S. national team striker isn't going to lay around doing nothing during the German winter break though. He has headed to London, where he will spend a week training with West Ham United.
Buddle left Germany early after new Ingolstadt head coach Tomas Oral sent him home before the team's final match prior to the winter break. This despite the fact Buddle is the team's leading scorer with six goals.
Buddle's agent, Richard Motzkin, confirmed that Buddle is training with West Ham, and it sounds like his future with the German second division club is very much up in the air.
The news come just a month after Buddle impressed with the U.S. national team, scoring in the team's 3-2 win against Slovenia.
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Schellscheidt retired as head coach after 25 years on the job. Echeverry served as an assistant for Schellscheidt for five seasons. As a player, Echeverry was one of the most accomplished players in Seton Hall history. He is ranked fourth all time in career points.
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What do you think of these developments? Excited about Buddle having a chance to train in England? Think Seton Hall made the right hire?
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