The LA Galaxy announced the signing of English defender Ashley Cole on Wednesday, securing the three-time World Cup veteran after weeks of rumors and reports.
The English left back will occupy an International roster spot pending the receipt of a P-1 Visa and ITC, and will not be a Designated Player, according to LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano.
Cole played in three World Cups for England and played for the likes of Arsenal & Chelsea. He will not be a Designated Player for #LAGalaxy.— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) January 27, 2016
“Ashley is one of the world’s most successful defenders and has played at the highest level of competition throughout his career,” said Galaxy coach and GM Bruce Arena in a club release. “He can provide our defense with valuable experience. We look forward to his contribution to our club this season.”
Cole, 35, captured four Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, and a UEFA Champions League title during his time with Arsenal and Chelsea, and most recently played for Italy's AS Roma.
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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 career (2003, 2004, 2005, 2011).
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.