Former England international Ashley Cole has joined Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy on a free transfer after his contract with AS Roma was mutually cancelled.
Cole, who had not appeared for the Serie A side since March of last year, is now formally a Galaxy player and will join up with other former Premier League stars in Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Giovani Dos Santos in preparation for the new season that kicks off against DC United on March the 6th.
The Galaxy Head Coach, Bruce Arena, told the club website, “Ashley is one of the world’s most successful defenders and has played at the highest level of competition throughout his career.”
“He can provide our defence with valuable experience. We look forward to his contribution to our club this season.”
The Galaxy have been re-building their squad since the 2015 campaign came to a close, with the departures of Juninho and Omar Gonzalez leaving them light of defensive cover.
Jelle Van Damme, a former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender, has also moved state side in recent days, with strong links indicating former Manchester City midfielder, Nigel de Jong, is interesting Arena’s side.
At the peak of his career, Cole was regarded as one of the best left backs England had ever produced, acquiring 107 caps at international level along the way.
At the club level, the 35-year-old made his name at Arsenal, where he was a part of the famous unbeaten Arsenal side of 2003/04, more commonly known as the ‘The Invincibles’.
Ashley Cole later joined Chelsea in a controversial move in 2006; he was given the nickname ‘cashley’ for comments made in his biography regarding a contract dispute with The Gunners. The left back went on to win a Champions League triumph, four league titles and seven FA Cups with Arsenal and Chelsea.