CARSON, Calif. (Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016) – The LA Galaxy have acquired English defender Ashley Cole, the club announced today. Cole, who has captured four Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, and a UEFA Champions League title during his time with England’s Arsenal and Chelsea, will occupy an International roster spot pending the receipt of a P-1 Visa and ITC. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Ashley is one of the world’s most successful defenders and has played at the highest level of competition throughout his career,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “He can provide our defense with valuable experience. We look forward to his contribution to our club this season.”
Cole began his professional career when he signed with Arsenal in 1998. He went on to make 228 total 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 total, Cole made over 100 appearances for his country, making him the most capped fullback in English history.
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