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Two Americans are coming home?
   January 31, 2012 (5:10 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

While the transfer window has been pretty calm this year (damn you teams for being fiscally responsible for once!), today was pretty hectic.  And that brought us two moves with guys likely coming back to the US.

The first move is 100% bringing an American back to the US as the Portland Timbers have acquired US youth international Charles Renken.  Renken has been in Germany with TSG Hoffenheim’s youth teams since 2009, but has experienced multiple ACL injuries over the years.  Due to complex MLS rules that seem to change by the day, the Timbers were able to “claim him off waivers”.

The other news of the day was FC Ingolstadt terminating Edson Buddle’s contract.  Buddle has been on the outs with the club since early December, despite leading the team with six league goals, as he was allowed to leave the team early before winter break, which included unsuccessful trials with Everton and Westerlo (although it sounded like Buddle passed on the Westerlo deal).  Now there has been some twitter speculation of Buddle returning to the US and the LA Galaxy.

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10 Responses to “Two Americans are coming home?”

  1. Badwolfdc says:

    Great to have players “over there” – but sometimes its good for them to come back to their roots.
    Renken, IMHO, is an absolute steal for Timbers. He carries experiences most young players dream about. He may find MLS a harder slog than Hoff, but if he keeps his recovery going and stays fit he can become one of the best, and certainly a big positive for the Timbers (hope their (Timbers) gamble pay’s off.)

    Buddle to me never really looked comfortable at Ingolstadt. If its confidence that needs building, then the Galaxy should provide (pretty awesome attack in LA – at least on paper)

    Be interested in responses here, am I right, did Portland get a steal or is the gamble to much? And if Buddle gets his mojo back will LA be fearsome going forward (on the pitch)???

  2. tom says:

    If Renken can return to his form before he had all these knee issues, then yes, this is a huge steal for Portland.

  3. Ian says:

    From what I observed at Ingolstadt (mostly last year), Buddle would start the home games and then come off the bench for away games because the manager wanted to be more conservative on the road. It had to be extremely hard to not only find his personal rhythm but also cohesion with the team when the line-up was changed on a weekly basis. Also, being the leading scorer on one’s team (as a striker doing his job) and then being put on the bench seems like it could have sent mixed signals and caused some frustration.

  4. Ian says:

    Does anyone know since Buddle’s contract has been voided if he is technically a free agent that can sign with anyone regardless of the transfer window being closed?

  5. Matt says:

    According to Ives:

    “Because he is out of contract, he should be still be eligible to sign with clubs in Europe outside of the transfer window, so Tuesday’s deadline is not a deal-breaker for any potential move abroad.”

  6. Kyle says:

    find it hard to understand a team releasing their top goal scorer, and he was a bench player?

  7. Matt says:

    Buddle started 9 of the 17 league games he played in this season and 7 of the 14 league games last season.

    So nearly 50/50 on starting/coming off the bench.

    But yeah, the whole situation is weird.

  8. Badwolfdc says:

    Ian, Matt…..LA still own the “rights” to Buddle,as they never took a transfer fee from Ingolstadt. Any club interested would have to negotiate with LA (more weird MLS rules)

  9. Badwolfdc says:

    “The LA Galaxy today announced the signing for forward Edson Buddle on a free transfer from Ingolstadt 04. Buddle spent the last year with the Bundesliga 2 side after leaving MLS in January of 2011. Buddle left on a free transfer and the Galaxy made the required qualifying offer after his contract expired so they held “first right of refusal” when he decided to return to the league.”

  10. Badwolfdc says:

    Should now make it 3 Americans return, Gale Agbossoumonde is set to finalize a loan move to the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks today

    Gale turned down a chance to sign with MLS, and staying with his “Agent/Handlers” Traffic. with an eye toward a potential move back to Europe as a free agent at the end of the year.

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