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Another Aging England International Heading To MLS

Ashley ColeMajor League Soccer just does not learn from its mistakes. Less than six months since the disappointing arrival of former England stars Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in MLS, reports out of Italy suggest that former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole is close to joining Gerrard at LA Galaxy.

The 35-year-old full-back will arrive in LA well rested after managing just 16 appearances for AS Roma in the last 18 months. He is clearly a player whose best days are behind him.

Not sure how the Galaxy can afford “Cashley” who famously left Arsenal for rivals Chelsea after being left “trembling with anger” when the Gunners offered him wages of only £55,000 per week.

Left back is not a position that MLS teams fill with high-profile internationals. With Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Giovani dos Santos the Galaxy are fine going forward and it is clear that Bruce Arena is working on making the team better defensively after a very disappointing MLS Cup exit with their recent signing of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and now a left-back in Cole

Add in the sale of center half Omar Gonzalez to C.F. Pachuca in Mexico’s Liga MX and the Galaxy will have a very different defensive look when the MLS season gets underway on March 6.

photo by: Crystian Cruz
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