MLS Update: Buddle and Donovan Return to Galaxy From World Cup

By Ryan Fleming

Not much has changed regarding the MLS. The best teams are still the best, and the poor teams are still struggling with no signs of help.

The L.A. Galaxy continued their dominant season as they defeated the mediocre and disappointing Seattle Sounders, 3-1, last weekend. The game marked the return of both Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle from international duty after the elimination of the United States from the World Cup.

Buddle welcomed the Sounders with a 19th minute strike, putting the Galaxy (11-1-3, 36 pts.) up early. Donovan assisted on the goal.

With the loss, the Sounders (4-8-3, 15 pts.) continue their haphazard season and find themselves only four points from the cellar of the Western Conference.

TFC add experience up front

Toronto FC acquired Miguel Ángel Ferrer Martínez from Deportivo La Coruña. Martinez, or Misa as he is known, was a former teammate of Julian de Guzman and now the Reds hope the two can link up again when Misa can take the field after the international transfer window opens on July 15.

The Reds have one of the best defences in the league, but are struggling when it comes to goal scoring. TFC has managed only one goal in their last three matches. Misa will have his first opportunity against Philadelphia on July 17.

Revolution put down

The New England Revolution know what they have to do to make it to the postseason. Throughout the year, the Revs have been littered with injuries, causing coach Steve Nichol to jumble the lines every game, not really creating any continuity between players.

Apparently, though, the Revolution have had enough. The Revs were shellacked 5-0 in their match against defending champs, Real Salt Lake. After the game Nichol called out his players for their “lack of professionalism” and that they “gave” RSL three goals.

Things go from bad to worse in New England, where the Revs host the league’s best team on Saturday and the injury list keeps is growing.

Ryan Fleming is a contributing writer and editor for the Soccer Guys. He can be reached at ryan.fleming@thesoccerguysonline.com

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