After weeks and months of negotiations, this morning the Galaxy have finally announced the signing of English defender Ashley Cole from Italian side Roma. Best known for his time with Arsenal and Chelsea, the English Premier League veteran and Champions League winner brings a wealth of experience to LA.
Ashley is one of the world’s most successful defenders and has played at the highest level of competition throughout his career," said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. "He can provide our defense with valuable experience. We look forward to his contribution to our club this season."
Cole began his professional career when he signed with Arsenal in 1998. He went on to make 228 total appearances, winning two Premier League Titles and three FA Cups for the North London side. Cole also featured for Arsenal’s 2003-04 squad that went undefeated in league play. The defender transferred to Chelsea in 2006 and became one of the club’s most accomplished defenders, making 229 appearances and winning two Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League trophy and four FA Cups. He was named to the PFA Team of the Year, England’s award for the top players in all tiers of competition, four times during his storied career (2003, 2004, 2005, 2011).
His resume speaks for itself, but does the 35-year old have anything left in the tank?
Now official. Plenty of angst out there about Cole pickup but at around $300K, he could wind up being a great value: https://t.co/9gTQyTRtpL— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 27, 2016