2016: In his first season in MLS, Cole was a stalwart at left back for the Galaxy making 25 starts in 26 appearances. Cole was a part of a defense that allowed just 1.15 goals per game, tied for second-best in the league. Cole scored his first MLS goal in a game-tying effort against the New York Red Bulls at StubHub Center on Aug. 7.
Before signing with the LA Galaxy in January of 2016, Ashley Cole captured four Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, and a UEFA Champions League title in his time with England’s Arsenal and Chelsea.
Cole began his professional career when he signed with Arsenal in 1998. He went on to make 129 appearances, winning two Premier League Titles and three FA Cups for the North London side. Cole also featured for Arsenal’s 2003-04 squad that went undefeated in league play. The defender transferred to Chelsea in 2006 and became one of the club’s most accomplished defenders, making 229 appearances and winning two Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League trophy and four FA Cups. He was named to the PFA Team of the Year, England’s award for the top players in all tiers of competition, four times during his storied career (2003, 2004, 2005, 2011).
After over 10 years in England, Cole moved to Italy when he signed with A.S. Roma in Serie A, Italy’s top-flight professional division, where he spent two seasons.
In addition to his club career, Cole has featured extensively for the English National Team, making World Cup appearances in 2002, 2006, and 2010. The fullback also featured for England in UEFA Euro 2004 and 2012. In all, Cole made over 100 appearances for his country, making him the most capped fullback in English history.