Ingolstadt terminates Buddle’s contract

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Edson Buddle's European venture has come to a screeching halt.

Despite Buddle scoring six goals for FC Ingolstadt this season, the club released him from his contract Tuesday for unspecified reasons. Buddle had been sent away from the team prior to the 2. Bundesliga's winter break, the first indication that his time in Germany may have been coming to a premature close.

What's next for Buddle remains to be seen. He had trained with West Ham and was on trial with Everton, but neither of those stints amounted to transfers. He was also reportedly on trial with relegation-threatened Westerlo in Belgium, but nothing came of it. Because he is out of contract, he should be still be eligible to sign with clubs in Europe outside of the transfer window, so Tuesday's deadline is not a deal-breaker for any potential move abroad.

It should be noted that when Buddle left the Los Angeles Galaxy following the 2010 MLS season, it was on a free transfer, meaning that the Galaxy were not given a fee for him and that the club should retain his MLS rights, should he return to the league.

When Buddle left the Galaxy a little more than a year ago, he said in a team statement that "I am hopeful that one day I will be able to return to the Galaxy and help lead them to an MLS Cup championship."

It is possible that return may be coming sooner than he initially imagined.


Do you hope to see Buddle return to MLS? Disappointed that he is done at Ingolstadt?

Share your thoughts below.

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66 Responses to Ingolstadt terminates Buddle’s contract

  1. Eric says:

    Greg Seltzer is reporting that he’s already on his way back to LA. Nothing final, but Seltzer says he has multiple sources saying it’s pretty much a done deal.

  2. George Washington says:

    Vote Keane-Buddle 2012!

  3. Poo says:

    buddle and keane would be nasty togther. Hopefully he saved some of the money from that big contract.

  4. BB says:

    He and Eddie Johnson should start a team together.

  5. Captain Obvious says:

    Another great American athlete with no skill

    Eddie Johnson, Robbie Findley, Demarcus Beasley, Gale Agboussomde, Marvell Wynne, Johan Smith, Quavas Kirk, Jeff Cunningham

    How long do we have to keep putting up with this? At some point US Soccer coaches and scouts are going to have to figure this out on their own

  6. chris says:

    Keane and Buddle would be nasty! Hopefully they can trade Cristman for some workout equipment

  7. chris says:

    Buddle is very technical so is Beasley. I can tell you know nothing about soccer

  8. Kickapoo says:

    Psssh, good luck with that. Dumbells aren’t that cheap.

  9. go usa says:

    While I agree with your general complaint about placing too much emphasis on “explosiveness” vs. “knows how to play”.

    Placing DMB and MLS’s leading goal scoring on that list is … absurd.

  10. camjam says:

    They may no get a Bowflex or treadmill, but I don’t think some metal plates and an exercise ball is out of question.

  11. AK says:

    Exactly how many DPs does LA get to have?

  12. Gnarls says:

    Hope he’s right.

  13. Gnarls says:

    I’m thinking more like scrap metal and some boulders.

  14. Jon says:

    That’s what I thought. #freelandon

  15. Gnarls says:

    We have 12 this year.

  16. Schmeeboo says:

    That sux. At least he got to play for the first half of the season.

  17. James says:

    As a Soundser fan I do NOT want to see Buddle return to LA.

    Edson, they have a Superleague in India now…See if you can get a payday!

  18. fischy says:

    Figure out what?

    What’s your freaking point? That Eddie Johnson, who played at Fulham and Damarcus Beasley, who played at PSV are the same guys as Johann Smith and Quavas Kirk?

    Or, is your point that you’re very good at naming black American soccer players and lumping them all together?

  19. Jimmy Bobo says:

    Does anybody know what Buddle did that essentially got him fired from his gig at Ingolstadt? Or was he just a “locker room cancer?”

  20. josh says:

    I had the same gut reaction to that post…

  21. wilyboy says:

    I’m guessing salary, Buddle has never seemed like a hot head. That, or they have issues with goal scorers.

  22. Yoreau Snaub says:

    he got fat

  23. Louis Z says:

    Buddle has a very good technical skills, I’m sure is something else that is causing teams to take a pass on him, it may be his lack of work rate during practice, who knows.

  24. PetedeLA says:

    The only thing obvious here is something I don’t want to accuse you of.

    In any case Buddle may have a lethargic style of play, but you cannot say he has no skill.

    Watch some of his goals. Heck… watch his last goal for the USMNT. That requires technique.

    Beasley has had his shaky moments, but you don’t become a starter in the Mexican league without some skill.

    Just ask JFT, Hercules Gomez, Bornstein, and all the rest.

  25. PetedeLA says:

    Okay. He’s no Alan Gordon, but give the guy a break. If you want to blame anyone, blame Bruce for putting him out there.

    And yes, I agree. He’s just not that talented.

  26. PetedeLA says:

    I second that. #FreeLandon !!!

  27. camjam says:

    Snacking on Bundesliga 2 defenses. Wasn’t he their leading scorer?

  28. PetedeLA says:

    Wasn’t there a training issue?

  29. beachbum says:


  30. beachbum says:

    Come home Edson!

  31. Colin says:

    I heard it was $$$ related. Ingolstadt is circling the drain of 2.Bundesliga.

  32. Yoreau Snaub says:

    Tied with Moritz Hartmann, with 6 apiece. Yes, it’s good, but ESPN is reporting that there “was a fitness issue”. I don’t know if it’s Ronaldo fat, maybe just Würstchen fat, but nothing like a locker room cancer.

  33. Edwin in LA says:

    The amount that the league allows. 2 Plus a 3rd DP slot which they had to pay for and that money gets distributed among teams without 3 DPs. Why do people feel the need to keep coming up with the DP of LA Conspiracy theories. Buddle wouldn’t come as a DP, and with a few players retiring and maybe cutting Adam Christman’s 40-50K they should be able to pay Buddle around 150-200K. Buddle would NOT be a DP. The 3 DPs are Donovan, Beckham and Keane, get over it

  34. A wise man once said says:

    I think Vancouver should pick him up.

  35. PurpleGold says:

    lol beas? u remember 2002? come on bruh.

  36. pd says:

    Captain Obvious, in the future please give us your definition of skill before you make trollish statements like this or save us the carpal tunnel in responding to you by shutting your crackerhole (it’s a little like a pie hole but dummer).

    Every soccer nation is littered with youth prospects that don’t pan out, but you’ve listed several players who are in the midst of quite successful careers, so I’m not sure what you’re even going on about.

  37. pd says:

    “Exactly how many DPs does LA get to have?”
    17 or however many Bruce needs to get the job done. kinda like injury time for Man U

  38. scared hairless in Philly says:

    Philly could use him now, but he’s LA’s to refuse if I understand the article.

  39. MicahK says:

    Thought I would never see the day I would ever be agreeing with Chris, but captain obvious Beasley is a very skilled player. He broke his leg and it messed up his career and set it back a little. But now he is doing good in Mexico.

  40. che cazzo says:

    i also believe they had a coaching change and the new coach didnt rate Buddle even though he was tied for lead in goals with team! go figure

  41. Ryan says:

    Yeah you’re right bud, everyone’s just a racist on this site i guess

  42. Hood Rich says:

    Doubt it is $$$ related. Ingolstadt are bankrolled by Audi.

  43. ben in el cajon says:

    Wow, good catch–I didn’t even notice that.

  44. ben in el cajon says:

    We get all of them. Galaxy ’till I die! (Or we get a team in San Diego)

  45. JoeW says:

    Hmmm….I’d think he’d have to go into a league-wide lottery (for USNT players). If so, that might explain why only Portland showed interest in Renken.

  46. Skeeter says:

    Great news….LA desperately needs a 2nd Striker for Champions League.

    If Keane goes down or has international dates, who would they start? Cristman and Barrett? Landon is needed on the wing where he is most dangerous.

  47. Skeeter says:

    OK, maybe Alan Gordan 2.0. He’s OK as a guy to bring in to bang and close out a game with a lead, but he’s not starting material in MLS.

  48. Will says:

    His tear in 2010 was one of the hottest streaks I have ever seen…amazing goals.

  49. Will says:

    Welcome home, Edson!

  50. Joamiq says:

    Yeah… the only thing these guys have in common is that they’re black. So the only point you’ve successfully made is that you’re racist. Congrats!

  51. Will says:

    Sick tandem with Landon and Becks behind them

  52. Rex says:

    Heck ya…exciting player that should have never left. Hopefully Klinsmann gives this guy more of a chance than Bob did.

  53. Brian says:

    I wonder if they let Edson keep his custom Audi?

  54. John smith says:

    wonder if this guys is racist? wonder what he thinks of eto, drogba, seedorf, kanu? SOme of guys he might have a pint, but beas, and cunningham have great touches.

  55. Terry Becker says:

    I will gladly welcome Buddle back in LA with open arms.

  56. I wish to watch another heart breaking game.

  57. RK says:

    Frozen out by a new coach. Glad he got out — hope he can find another European squad, because he was doing well.

  58. The Imperative Voice says:

    Can someone at Ingolstadt please say, “You ahhhh tuh-min-ated,” in their best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice? Please wear sunglasses to do so.

    I think he’s overrated, LA will make you look good.

  59. isaf says:

    poor Buddle. why did he join that team in the firstplace?

  60. Mark says:

    Wow, you must be really stupid.

  61. Fred Y says:


  62. abc says:

    Well then lucky for him that he’s going back there…

  63. abc says:

    He tried to go to England before joining Ingolstadt but couldn’t qualify for a work permit (not sure how that’s possible when Ream, Rogers, and Bedoya did).

  64. Jake says:

    Poor Buddle? I’m sure he earned some good money over there. Now he gets to comfortably come home to a championship team that is better than when he left. They can also pay him more now.

  65. Luis says:

    A scorer is a scorer anywhere….