Sunday: Galaxy Making News, More

Let’s catch us both up on some happenings from the past two days:

• Anyone got a pretzel?

Brat-City!

Multiple reports have Edson Buddle en route to Germany to sign a deal with Bundesliga 2 side FC Ingolstadt. Quite an American contingent has recently traipsed through the Bavarian side.

Former Revolution defender Amaechi Igwe is currently at the club while Freddy Adu recently trained there. (Sure seems to this writer that the Adu trial just helped grease up the Buddle move as they share the same agent.)

Buddle will get a chance to save the relegation-teetering squad from dropping, pick up some dollars in the process and maybe catch a few eyes. Will be interesting to see the deal terms and length on this one as here was a Galaxy spokesperson comment on December 16th of last year:

“Bruce Arena expects to sign Edson Buddle to a new contract to be with team in 2011.” So this could be a short-term, keep the team up thing with Buddle returning in the summer? Just our one cent here.

Galaxy must find some redundancy up top beyond signing Juan Pablo Angel if they are going to make their Cup chase happen in earnest this year.

And, this sort of sets the value on US strikers. Robbie Findley to Nottingham Forest, the second division in England while his World Cup striker counterpart goes to the second division in the Bundesliga.

• Becks spurned

Sky Sports reporting that insurance issues put the kibosh on a David Beckham loan to Tottenham Hotspur.

Nevertheless everyone’s favorite England midfielder is expected to train with the club for a month.

This is better news for the Galaxy I guess.

• ‘Pool – United

Ken Daglish takes over the reins from Roy Hodgson for Liverpool when they play in just about half an hour here at Old Trafford.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by phlub on 2011/01/09 at 10:14 AM

    US striker values are indeed low, and that Buddle move would say a lot. Buddle, unlike Findley, was on a torrid goal-scoring streak. He is certainly deserving of a Premiere League loan, be it to a struggling side like Birmingham. Davies will likely continue to struggle to dress for his mid-table Ligue 1 side. Altidore finds himself still 4th in the depth chart but at least is on a top European side. Dempsey, though not a true striker, at least is making a name for himself but still with a struggling EPL club. Begging the question, will the US ever have prolific world class striker?… no one seems to be heading that way. I hope maybe by 2014. Will someone step up in the Gold Cup?

    I think the Galaxy are flexing their muscles hard this off season as news it that Beckham won’t be loaned out at all now. Donovan is staying put. And it seems like they’re trying to keep Buddle from getting a taste for what Landon got with the Toffee’s last winter. And he’s turning 30 this year… so a peak Buddle gets a struggling Bundesliga 2 side.

    Other weekend action… Spector – West Ham’s ‘Cup King’ – scored a big FA Cup goal yesterday apparently from the midfield role again.

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    • Posted by phlub on 2011/01/09 at 10:22 AM

      Or the Galaxy are just getting lucky… Beckham – insurance, Donovan – rest, Buddle – no big takers on his trials.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/01/09 at 11:21 AM

      I’d prefer Beckham to train with Arsenal again personally because I think it would be great for Walcott to practise with him for that final ball. I know that Beckham whips in a cross from a more or less stationary, where Walcott generally runs at his man / behind, but still, Walcott’s final ball and decision making still needs work. I suppose Lennon training with Beckham is not a bad consolation from an England POV.

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/01/09 at 11:43 AM

        If Lennon is a factor for England, England is surely in trouble.

        Much prefer Walcott to Lennon. Also Ashley Young and Johnson.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/01/10 at 7:07 AM

          Fair point. But Lennon is a true winger, where Young and Johnson are inside forwards. No point closing the door on anybody or looking at past performances – if X is in form, then they should play**. England have too many untouchables, and that is something I really dislike. Competition for places is what we need.

          **notice how I didn’t mention SWP!

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  3. Posted by Timmy30 on 2011/01/09 at 11:56 AM

    Put Spector up front. He is in a goal scoring mood. 3 goals in 4 games I think. Not sure if you all saw his most recent goal, but it is up here – http://watchsocceronline.blogspot.com/2011/01/spector-scores-game-winner-for-west-ham.html

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    • Posted by phlub on 2011/01/10 at 4:05 PM

      Thanks for the video link.

      Wow, he really is playing far forward in that clip. Not sure what the scenario was… a turnover in possession?

      Can’t tell if that’s Spector or Noble at the end making the run for a pass from Piquionne then falling flat on their face after Piquionne buries it.

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