American Exports: Buddle nets in Ingolstadt debut
Former LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle scored in his debut
for 2.Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt 04 in a 1-1 draw on Friday night against promotion
candidates MSV Duisburg.
The US World Cup striker was the first to react to a loose
ball at the top of the six-yard box on a play that started from a corner kick.
He fired home the close-range right-footed shot past fellow American David
Yelldell, who was in goal for Duisburg.
The 76th-minute strike looked to be enough for die Schanzer to capture all three points
in their first home game of the 2011 calendar year, but MSV Duisburg netted the
equalizer with four minutes remaining. Buddle, who also saw a header go over
the bar just before halftime, was substituted in the 88th minute.
Following the expiration of his contract with the Galaxy, Buddle
trialed in England with Birmingham City before agreeing to a deal with
Ingolstadt. The German club was also recently looking at the possibility of
securing the transfer of American midfielder Freddy Adu, who plays for
Portuguese side Benfica.
The point lifted Ingolstadt to 13 points in the 2.Bundesliga
standings but the club is still mired in the relegation zone. Die Schanzer
remain in 17th place, just four points behind Karlsruher. The team
that finishes in 16th place in the 2.Bundesliga plays off for the
right to remain in the league.
Ingolstadt have 15 matches remaining to improve upon their 3-12-4
record and climb out of the relegation zone of the German second division. Their next game comes Jan. 24 at
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, who sit five points above Ingolstadt in 15th