Edson Buddle’s exemplary form this season has earned him his first MLS All-Star Game call-up in his eight-year career.
Buddle, whose start to the season was disrupted by yet another in his litany of injuries, – a broken collar bone sustained on the Galaxy’s Australian tour – overcame that to record 11 goals in his last seven games, tying him for the MLS scoring lead.
I’m at a loss for words,” Buddle said. “It’s good when you put in the work and you are rewarded for it.”
Also named to the July 24 game against West Ham United by MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Coach Steve Nicol: the Canadian trio of Jim Brennan (Toronto FC), Dwayne De Rosario (Houston Dynamo) and Pat Onstad (Houston Dynamo), as well as New York Red Bull striker Juan Pablo Angel and the Colorado Rapids duo of Christian Gomez and Pablo Mastroeni.
Meanwhile, in the least surprising news of the MLS season so far, Red Bulls injury prone midfielder Claudio Reyna is expected to announce his retirement Wednesday at a New York press conference.
Reyna has been a colossal bust for New York and their fans will unlikely be upset to see him go. The bigger question for Wednesday: can he hobble to the microphone?