CLINT WADDELL - Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Edson Buddle has a new home as the former Los Angeles Galaxy man has signed with FC Ingolstadt in the 2. Bundesliga in Germany.
The World Cup veteran joined the team on Monday, completed a physical and was introduced to the media on Monday night. His contract with Ingolstadt will run until summer 2012 and he will start practicing with the team on Tuesday.
"Since we were searching for a striker who can start immediately, he should have good chances for the starting line-up on Sunday," said Oliver Samwald, Ingolstadt's Press Officer, to YA. "We will get more impressions over the next few days - but you can definitely expect him in the squad."
Buddle's contract is for the rest of 2011 and the full 2012 season. Samwald alluded to Buddle strength in the penalty and his consistency as factors for the singing.
"He is strong in the box and has proved that he can score goals constantly," added Samwald. "[The team] is optimistic that he can adapt quickly to the league."
Ingolstadt is currently struggling and is in second to last place in the 2. Bundesliga.
Fellow American Freddy Adu is still training with the team and the coaching staff has yet to decide on whether to keep the 21-year-old.
If a move is made, there will be three Yanks with the scond-league club - inlcuding Buddle, Adu and defender Amaechi Igwe.
Ingolstadt return to action on Sunday when the team travels to face first-place Augsburg.