Buddle & Donovan named to World Cup roster
LA Galaxy forwards Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan were
named today to the final 23-man World Cup roster by U.S. National Team head
coach Bob Bradley. The players will remain in training camp with the National
Team this week ahead of Saturday afternoon’s friendly against Turkey in Philadelphia,
before flying to South Africa
with the rest of the U.S.
delegation on Sunday. This will be the third World Cup for Donovan and the
first for Buddle.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa will be the fourth
World Cup held since the Galaxy’s inaugural season in 1996. The Galaxy have
been represented at each of the previous tournaments with Cobi Jones playing
for the U.S.
in 1998 and 2002. In 2006, the Galaxy sent two players to the World Cup, with
both Chris Albright and Landon Donovan named to the United States roster. For this
year’s tournament, the Galaxy are the only MLS team to have two players on the
final 23-man U.S.
The all-time leading scorer in U.S. National Team with 42
goals and 42 assists in 121 career games with the Red, White and Blue, Donovan
played for the U.S. at the
2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea and the 2006 World Cup in Germany, starting all eight games that the U.S.
played in at those two tournaments and scoring twice. The MLS leader with nine
assists in nine games this season, Donovan is the sixth leading scorer in MLS
history with 97 career goals and the second leading scorer in Galaxy history
with 65 goals in 130 career games with the club.
Buddle, who leads MLS with nine goals in nine games this
season, earned his second cap with the U.S. on Tuesday night, starting and
playing the opening 45 minutes of the 4-2 loss to the Czech Republic in
Hartford, Conn. That was the first start of Buddle’s National Team career and
his first appearance with the team in more than seven years. The 10th
leading scorer in MLS history with 82 career goals in his 10-year MLS career,
Buddle has 34 career goals in 71 games since joining the Galaxy in June 2007.
Buddle’s two caps are the fewest among the 23 players named to the final U.S.
Buddle and Donovan will miss at least the Galaxy’s next
three games, which will all be played before Major League Soccer takes a
two-week break for the group stage of the tournament. If the United States advances beyond the
group stages, the pair will miss at least one more regular season game with the
The United States were drawn into Group C of the World Cup
along with Algeria, England and Slovenia. The U.S. opens their World Cup schedule on Saturday,
June 12 when they take on England
at 11:30 a.m. (PT). They then take on Slovenia
on Friday, June 18 at 7 a.m. (PT) before rounding out group play on Wednesday,
June 23 against Algeria
at 7 a.m. (PT).
To view the complete United States World Cup roster for the
2010 FIFA World Cup in South
Africa, please visit www.ussoccer.com,
the official website of U.S. Soccer.