The wait is nearly over for Edson Buddle.
The forward has trained without limitations this week and is hopeful of making his Rapids debut on Saturday against the Portland Timbers (4 p.m. MT, TICKETS).
"I'm wanting to be ready for this weekend," Buddle told ColoradoRapids.com on Wednesday. "I'm pushing myself each and every day to be as fit as possible."
After making his way back from a knee injury, Buddle suffered a slight groin strain in a Reserve League game against Salt Lake on March 16, which kept him off the training field ahead of Colorado's match at LA last Saturday.
Buddle's last MLS game was the MLS Cup final on December 1, 2012, when he helped the LA Galaxy win their second straight title. The Rapids acquired him in a trade later that month but he injured his knee while with the U.S. Men's National Team in January.
"I still get those anxious butterflies," he said as he anticipates his return to action. "I can't wait to be out there."
In 11 seasons, Buddle has scored 93 career goals, which places him eighth all-time in MLS.
"Edson has been working very hard during the week," coach Oscar Pareja said. "He's training at a high level. We have a couple of days to go but it is looking like a possibility that he'll be available."