A little delayed here…TSG practices another motto beyond the multiple obervation.
“Zig when others zag.”
So we avoided the Buddle deluge a few weeks ago, but guest poster B-Mac wanted to make certain we served up a plate of Buddle scores, even if it was cold. Since we did it for Herulez Gomez and even Eddie Johnson a few days ago.
Edson Buddle; on fire. Galaxy fans could not have imagined a better start for Buddle than 7 goals in his first 4 games. Buddle has been impressive this year, but not all goals are created equal. So let’s evaluate the impressiveness of his goals, accounting for skill and finishing. I will use a scale of 1-10 for impressiveness, with a 1 equal to getting the tally for a deflection off your ass and a 10 being this wonder-strike from Maicon Friday.
» Nothing spectacular, but strong finishing to head the ball to the top-left corner where no keeper could ever save it. He loses some points by being left wide-open by some horrendous New England marking on the set-play, but solid nonetheless
2. Not that sexy of a goal, but sneakily difficult.
» Buddle timed his run excellently to stay onside, and then had the vision to read the ball perfectly. Anyone who’s ever played striker can tell you how difficult it is to head in a goal played in from behind while sprinting in, especially from 12 yards out. That’s a veteran goal from Buddle on that service.
3. Wide open, you expect Buddle to put it in. I’ve seen better men miss easier chances and he did hustle to get in the play, so I give him a bit of a bonus.
Tough call on this one. Buddle does a good job to settle the ball down and puts the ball in the best possible place, but that is some poor goaltending by Pat Onstad on that goal. Then again, who’s to say whichever bum the English throw in goal would do better than ol’ Pat.
This goal is one of the prettier ones, but maybe I’m just a sucker for a diving chip. It was a goalie-less net, but I have seen many, many easier chips get booted up into the seats. Nice finishing with a dash of class.
Big fan of this goal. Buddle showed tremendous timing and strength to blast this corner into the back of the net. He dealt with the traffic in front of him and still had the class to blast it to the side-netting. The goal reminds me of something you might have seen out Alan Shearer, just rising and using that big head to launch it into the back of the net.
Pure class. Fantastic skill by Buddle to pull the ball back to his right with his left foot, and then he finishes with a blast to goal on a half-volley. These are the kinds of goals you see rarely in American soccer, with confident finishing from outside the 18. There is so much to love on this goal, the patience, the vision, the class, the placement, and the power. Simply top-notch.
Looking at these goals, you see the confidence, skill, and finishing Edson has right now.
Some people are obsessed with the classic holding forward/pace forward that we saw in South Africa with Davies and Jozy, but I actually think Buddle would be a very good compliment for Jozy. Jozy likes freedom and doesn’t want to be an Emile Heskey-type player. Jozy is much more in the Drogba style, using his strength and speed to win balls and beat markers, not be a statue to receive balls of his head. Buddle’s mix of positional sense, speed, and confidence to either clear space for Jozy or finish balls dished off to him.
When I’m looking for a 3rd striker for the Nats, give me the balanced player who is playing with confidence than the one-dimensional guys out of form. Caps be damned, Buddle should be considered.