LA Galaxy announced on Wednesday that they have agreed on a new one-year deal with English left back and former Chelsea and Arsenal star, Ashley Cole. The news has been confirmed on the team’s official Twitter profile.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) January 3, 2018
“We are very excited that Ashley will be returning to us in 2018. He’s been a tremendous leader for our club,“- said LA Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid. “He’s shown he can be successful in this league and we’re confident that will continue in the season ahead.“
Ashley Cole started his soccer career with Arsenal, playing for the team from 1999 to 2006, winning five trophies including the English Premier League twice (in 2002 and 2004). In 2006, Cole was transferred to Chelsea, after rejecting a new contract with Arsenal, due to small wages. With Chelsea, he managed to win UEFA Champions League alongside UEFA Europa League and Premier League trophies.
Cole played in A.S. Roma from 2014 until January 2016 when he signed with LA Galaxy. With the Galaxy, he played 55 matches and scored on two occasions. Although he had troubles with discipline on few occasions, Cole is still one of the top defenders in the league and showed that, despite being 37 years old, he can still provide much for the team.
Signing back Cole, who occupied the team’s last foreign-allocation roster spot, was just one of the deals LA Galaxy made in the offseason. The team previously signed defenders Rolf Feltscher and Jorgen Skjelvik while also acquiring the draft rights on goalkeeper David Bingham. These moves by Galaxy mean that the team is looking to make up for the terrible 2017 season in which they finished the season in last place overall.
The LA Galaxy will open their season against Portland Timbers on March 4.