- U.S. National Team: MNT
- Position: Forward
- Date Of Birth: May 21, 1981
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 185
- Hometown: New Rochelle, N.Y.
- Club: Colorado Rapids
Athletically gifted and a strong finisher, Buddle can deliver goals in a variety of forms. He accumulated a wealth of experience with the U.S. Youth National Teams, and used his years of service in MLS to hone his scoring instincts. His red-hot form combined with added maturity and an improved feel for the game earned him a spot on the 2010 FIFA World Cup roster. In January of 2011, Buddle took his talents overseas to Germany, where he has established himself as a regular for Second Bundesliga club FC Ingolstadt.
- His remarkable scoring rate for the Los Angeles Galaxy during the 2010 season catapulted him into a spot on the USA’s 2010 FIFA World Cup roster
- Entered as a sub to aid in the draw against England and the historic win against Algeria
- Scored a pair of goals on June 5 against Australia in the USA’s final tune up before the World Cup
- Prior to 2010, he earned his first and only cap for the USA in 2003 when he came on as a late sub in a friendly against Venezuela
- A member of the U-18, U-20 and U-23 teams, he represented the country during the 2001 FIFA Youth World Championships on the U-20 team with Oguchi Onyewu, DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan
- Finished as the runner up for the 2010 Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player Award
- Has scored nine goals since joining FC Ingolstadt in January 2010
Played one season at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo., helping lead the school to the 1999 NJCAA National Championship. He scored the title-clinching goal in sudden death overtime of the championship game, giving State Fair a 3-2 victory over Pima Community College.
Named after Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele … Parents are originally from Jamaica … Father is a former professional soccer player … Described making the FIFA World Cup roster as “living the American dream.”