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.