Kevin Baxter at the LA Times has reported that veteran left back Ashley Cole and midfielder Baggio Husidic have signed new deals with the LA Galaxy, bringing the roster total to 17 players. A formal announcement is expected soon.
The signings of Cole and Husidic were expected, although both could be seen as a gamble. Cole was among the top left backs in MLS the last two seasons, but he is 37 and will fill the Galaxy’s final foreign-allocation roster spot.
Husidic, 30, a veteran presence on a team in need of leadership, is returning from an injury that limited him to a career-low 10 games and five starts in 2017.
Terms of the contracts were not released.
It is unlikely the Galaxy is finished making moves, with recent reports linking the team to Perry Kitchen, a former U.S. national team midfielder playing for Randers in the Danish Superliga.
What do you think of the moves? Bringing back a 37-year-old Ashley Cole is a risk, but his veteran leadership would be sorely missed in 2018. And given the team’s depth, re-signing Baggio was a no-brainer.