It seems like a lifetime ago when Bruce Arena brought the notorious English left back stateside to replace Todd Dunivant.
No one thought an aging defender who struggled to see the pitch at Roma would work out. If that weren’t enough, the Champions League winner drew the ire of Galaxy fans when Cole told a reporter he had rejected earlier offers to come to MLS because he wasn’t ready to “relax on the bench”. The knives were out.
And yet Ashley Cole proved everyone wrong, establishing himself as one of the finest left backs in the league and winning over the fans. (It also turns out the quote was a mix-up)
Conducting his business on and off the field with a quiet dignity, the 37-year old is still going strong, leading all defenders with nine (nine!) assists.
However as the season has wound down, Cole has been more vocal about the uncertainly of his future and what lies ahead. As Corner of the Galaxy’s Larry Morgan reveals, there are signs Sunday’s match could be his last in Southern California. (Yes the Galaxy will probably prevail vs. the Dynamo but there’s no guarantee LA returns to the StubHub Center)
LA Galaxy captain and left back Ashley Cole will have his family, including his mother and first-time visitors aunt and uncle, in attendance for what potentially could be his final home game as a member of the five-time MLS Cup champions at Sunday’s showdown with Houston (1:30 p.m., Spectrum SportsNet, Spectrum Deportes) at StubHub Center.