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CARSON, California - The Los Angeles Galaxy continues to add to its roster.

The Major League Soccer champs re-acquired forward Edson Buddle, who played for the team from 2007-2010, on a free transfer Wednesday, bolstering its offensive options as it prepares for the start of the 2012 MLS season and the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Terms of the contract, which are to be finalized after the Galaxy receives his transfer certificate, where not disclosed, the team said on its website.

The 30-year-old Buddle, who departed Ingolstadt in the German second division via mutual consent, scored 42 in 87 games with the Galaxy in his four years with the club. He joined Ingolstadt in the middle of the German season last year, scoring three goals in 14 games to help it avoid relegation.

He was the club's leading scorer with six goals in 17 matches this season.

"I am thrilled to be able to return to MLS and a club that has meant so much to me in my career," Buddle said in a release on the club's website. "When I left for Germany last winter, I said that I hoped to be able to one day return to the Galaxy and help lead the club to an MLS Cup championship. That day is today and I look forward to the challenges that now lie ahead."

Buddle, who has five goals in 10 appearances with the U.S. national team and was a member of its 2010 World Cup side, is an 11-year MLS veteran, including five seasons with Columbus and shorter stints at New York and Toronto. He has 178 goals in 231 career MLS matches.

His signing is the latest move by the Galaxy, which will travel to Canada to face Toronto at the Rogers Centre in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on March 7. It will host the return leg on March 14.

Besides the widely publicized contract extension of midfielder David Beckham, the club has acquired former Chivas USA defender Andrew Boyens and ex-Seattle forward Pat Noonan via the U.S. league's re-entry draft, midfielder Kyle Nakazawa from the Philadelphia Union in a trade and Marcelo Sarvas from Alajuelense in a transfer.

Noonan and Sarvas, however, will not be eligible in the Champions League having played previously this season for other clubs in the competition.

The Galaxy also lost several players, including defender Gregg Berhalter to retirement, trading goalkeeper Donovan Rickets to MLS expansion club the Montreal Impact, and Brazilian midfielder Juninho, who was on loan and returned to Sao Paulo FC.