Ex-Everton trialist bidding to revive MLS career with Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard

Now back at the LA Galaxy, former US international striker Edson Buddle will be trying to reignite his career in 2015 alongside some big-name teammates.

LA Galaxy striker Edson Buddle’s career has been on the wane in recent seasons, but playing alongside the likes of Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard just might be the tonic for an unexpected revival.

Buddle, 33, signed for LA for the third time late last week following a successful preseason trail, having endured two barren seasons with the Colorado Rapids before being released this winter after scoring just seven goals in 42 regular-season appearances.

His form was in stark contrast to that which saw him finish runner-up to Chris Wondolowski in the 2010 MLS Golden Boot standing after netting 17 times in 25 games, as well as earning him a place in the US World Cup squad for South Africa, where he appeared as a substitute in the group games against England and Algeria.

Using his rising reputation to land a lucrative move to 2. Bundesliga club FC Ingolstadt 04 in January 2011, Buddle would spend 12 disappointing months in Germany before being released, but then managed to land a week-long trial with Everton.

It wasn’t his first taste of Premier League life, having had a similar stint at West Ham United the previous winter but, with a permanent deal at Goodison Park failing to materialise, he instead returned to LA for his second spell.

A poor 2012 season produced just three goals in 19 games, however, and, after being traded to the Rapids in the offseason, his fortunes have failed to improve since.

Now back at the StubHub Center, though, the veteran forward will have the chance to reunite with 2012 teammate Keane up top and, with the soon-to-arrive Steven Gerrard set to run the midfield from the summer onwards, is hoping he can help contribute to a fourth MLS Cup title in five seasons.

“I like to play in harmony with Robbie and the attacking part of the team,” Buddle told the club’s official website. “Hopefully, I’ll get a feel for things and perform.

“But it takes a team. It’s not just me [to score]. I’ve realized over the years that it is a team game and you need a good team no matter how good of a player that you are.

“That’s why certain teams always end up in first and why some teams can’t get out of the gutters because it’s a collective team effort.

“We have quality players here who put their ego aside to get the job done. No one here thinks that they’re bigger than the franchise, and it shows with all the success that they’ve had.”

Buddle nevertheless has 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year and now-US international forward Gyasi Zardes blocking his path to the line-up, likely leaving him competing for the main backup role with target man Alan Gordon.

However, if he can recapture just a few glimpses of his past goalscoring exploits, then he should prove an important contributor to the reigning league champions’ title defence moving forward.

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