Former Galaxy striker Buddle scores on German debut

It seems Edson Buddle can’t stop scoring, no matter which country he’s playing in:

BERLIN (AP) — Edson Buddle scored in his debut today for Ingolstadt, a 1-1 tie with Duisburg in Germany’s second division.

The American forward scored with 15 minutes remaining in the game when he was first to react to a corner kick. Stefan Maierhofer failed to clear the ball and Buddle made no mistake with his right foot from five yards.

Duisburg’s Olcay Sahan tied the score 10 minutes later.

Buddle signed with Ingolstadt this month after his MLS contract with the Galaxy expired. Buddle ended the regular MLS season as the second-highest scorer with 17 goals in 25 matches.

Promoted Ingolstadt remains second from bottom in Germany’s 18-team second division, with 13 points from 19 matches.

Incidentally, the Galaxy announced this morning they will open their 2011 preseason camp on Monday at Home Depot Center.

Contracted players and trialists will begin reporting for physicals, testing and a week of fitness training on that day before heading out onto the field for the first time the following Monday.

The Galaxy are scheduled to remain in Southern California for the majority of preseason.

The team’s home opener is set for 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20 against the the New England Revolution; the Galaxy open the season in Seattle against the Sounders on Tuesday, March 15.

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