Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Edson "I'm named after Pele" Buddle

Look at Edson go! The man has had an up and down career, but he can put in the goals when he's on his game, evidenced by his 8 goals in 9 appearances for the LA Galaxy this season. Including his recent hat trick against San Jose, he's now tied for second in MLS history with 4 hat tricks and Edson is now sitting on a decent 61 career goals in 169 MLS appearances. Buddle's best previous season was 2004 with the Columbus Crew, when he knocked in 11 goals.

All-Time MLS Hat Trick Leaders

5 - Stern John
5 - Diego Serna
4 - Edson Buddle*
4 - Mamadou Diallo
4 - Cobi Jones
3 - Amado Guevara*
3 - Eduardo Hurtado
3 - Taylor Twellman*
2 - Raul Diaz Arce
2 - Landon Donovan*
2 - Eddie Johnson

*Active MLS Players

Edson Buddle's Hat Trick Performances

09-18-2004 (4 goals)
Final Score: 4-2
Columbus Crew v NY/NJ Metrostars

08-26-2006 (3 goals)
Final Score: 6-0
New York Red Bulls v Real Salt Lake

05-18-2008 (3 goals)
Final Score: 5-1
Los Angeles Galaxy vs FC Dallas

06-14-2008 (3 goals)
Final Score: 3-0
Los Angeles Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes

That's 13 goals in 4 games which is 20% of Buddle's career goal total in 2% of his career league appearances.

Buddle's hat trick against Hollywood United

[picture from MLSnet]

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