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Ashley Cole is your 2018 LA Galaxy captain

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For the first time in his career the Englishman is captaining a club

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Portland Timbers Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Ashley Cole has just revealed some big news this morning on Instagram. The LA Galaxy left back will be captaining the LA Galaxy in 2018, a well-deserved honor for the 37-year old. In fact, its the first time Cole has captained a club in his career.

theofficialac3 Not long until the new season starts, it will be a honor for me to captain this team and try lead them to win another championship. It’s the first time I have captained a team from the start but I have learnt a lot from great captains @johnterry.26 @robbiekeane@officialpatrickvieira @jelle_van_damme@stevengerrard so I’m looking forward to the big challenge ⚽️ ✌ lets go #lagalaxy

Galaxy fans originally moaned in 2016 when Bruce brought the Englishman stateside after a unsuccessful stint at Roma, but Cole quickly shed a reputation as a washed up European star looking to retire on a beach, quickly becoming one of the league’s top left backs. 2017 was a different challenge entirely, but Ashley endured a historically bad season while still putting in 100% effort and never wavering on his commitment. Even after word got out the front office had reneged on a promise to give Cole a raise when he first arrived, the former Chelsea legend showed his loyalty by ultimately re-signing with LA for 2018.

I for one can’t think of a Galaxy player more worthy of the captain’s armband. Good for Ashley, and good for the club.