A so-called "fringe" player for the USA, Buddle is trying to prove people wrong and become a "star overnight" for the US.
Buddle got his professional start with the Columbus Crew in 2001.
During his time with Columbus, he was plagued by injuries, yet still was able to produce offense for the Crew, including nine goals and four assists in only 16 games in 2003.
Buddle scored 42 goals in 101 games for the Crew from 2001-2005.
In 2006, Buddle was traded to the New York Red Bulls and, in one season, scored six goals in all 28 games.
He was traded to Toronto FC following the season, where he made 10 appearances in 2007 before being traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Buddle scored in his Galaxy debut, which would be a sign of things to come.
During 2008, Buddle recorded two hat tricks, which promoted David Beckham to say, "Edson is an individual who is getting better at the game. He's proved that tonight," following Buddle's second three-goal performance.
Buddle has appeared in 70 games scoring 34 goals for LA, prompting Shep Messing of MLS Extratime to remark, "I don't think there's a better tandem up top than Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle...they complement each other. They don't take away each other's space, making it better for each other."
On March 29, 2003, Buddle made his international debut for the USA and, after not making an appearance for them for seven years, he was named to the preliminary squad for the US.
So far, in four overall appearances, he's scored two goals, both against Australia.