Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle inserted himself into the MLS history books by scoring his 100th regular season goal on Wednesday.
Buddle, 33, reached the historic milestone in the 18th minute of the Rapids 4-3 defeat to LA Galaxy. Highly-rated Dillon Powers served in a fantastic cross off a corner kick and the big center forward made perfect connection with the ball to give Colorado a 2-0 lead at the time.
That goal was only his second goal of the season in 15 appearances.
Landon Donovan (scorer of the goal that buried the Rapids), Jeff Cunningham, Jaime Moreno, Ante Razov, Jason Kreis, Dwayne De Rosario and Taylor Tweelman are the only players that have scored more regular season goals than Buddle.
Buddle joined MLS and the Columbus Crew in 2001 and would go on to make a name for himself during his five years with the black and gold. In his rookie season, the powerful forward scored three goals in just five starts.
His sophomore year was more memorable as he scored nine goals in 21 appearances.
Buddle had his best statistical season with the Crew in 2004. He started 20 games, scored 11 goals, tied for second in the league that season, and assisted two goals.
His time in Columbus came to an end in 2006 when he was acquired by the New York Red Bulls. During his single season in the “Big Apple,” Buddle scored six goals in 28 games.
After his short stint in New York, Buddle moved to Canada and played only 10 games – did not score a goal – before joining LA Galaxy in mid-June.
Buddle thrived alongside Donovan and David Beckham. His power, athleticism and instinctiveness in front of goal complemented his more recognizable teammates’ ingenuity.
During his four seasons with the Galaxy, Buddle scored 42 regular season goals. He had his best year in 2010, scoring 17 goals in 25 appearances. He was a goal shy of winning the Golden Boot that season. San Jose Earthquakes’ Chris Wondolowski won the prestigious award.
Buddle’s goal scoring exploits helped him secure a move to Germany. He joined FC Ingolstadt of the German 2. Bundesliga in January 2011.
Despite scoring on his debut, Buddle never realized his full potential in Germany. He went on to play 31 games in the German 2. Bundesliga, but only scored nine goals.
After his unsuccessful spell in Germany, Buddle returned to the Galaxy hoping to recapture his mojo. It didn’t work.
The powerful striker only scored three goals in 19 games and he was traded away for a first round Supplemental Draft Pick and allocation money.
Since joining the Rapids, Buddle has been in and out of the starting lineup. Injuries and lack of fitness has derailed his progress in the Mile High City.
Buddle’s reputable career also extends to the national team. He made his debut on March 29, 2003, and would go on to make 11 appearances and score three goals. The best moment of his national team career came in 2010 when he was one of the players that Bob Bradley took to South Africa. He had two substitute cameos in what would go down as one of the best USMNT World Cup showing.
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