L.A. Galaxy makes it formal with longtime Chelsea defender Cole

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London, Rome and now Los Angeles. Ashley Cole likes his clubs in big cities, and he’s heading to Tinseltown.

The 35-year-old left back recently had his contract terminated by AS Roma, and is making the move Stateside to join Robbie Rogers, AJ DeLaGarza, Leonardo and new signing Jelle Van Damme on the L.A. backline.

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Once a mainstay at both Arsenal and Chelsea, Cole has made just 42 appearances between the Blues and Roma since the start of the 2013-14 season.

From LAGalaxy.com:

“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.”

There’s been a lot of blowback when it comes to Cole to L.A., mostly because he fits the “retirement league” mantle MLS would prefer to avoid.

Cole is more than four seasons removed from his PFA Team of the Season form, but whether he’ll be a nightmare or a dream in MLS isn’t a sure thing.