CARSON, CALIFORNIA (December 3, 2018) – The LA Galaxy announced today that they have retained the services of defender Ashley Cole. The 37-year-old signed a one year contract and will play his third season in MLS in 2018.
LA Galaxy Retain Defender Ashley Cole for 2018
Cole arrived in Los Angeles in January 2016 as one of the most distinguished left backs in English Football history and his generation. The London native turned professional in 1999 with Arsenal out of the academy. He spent nearly a decade at Chelsea Football Club, winning nearly every trophy there is to win in English and European competition. He spent two years at A.S. Roma in Italy before coming to the Galaxy.
“We are very excited that Ashley will be returning for us in 2018. He has been a tremendous leader for our club. He has shown he can be successful in this league and we are confident that will continue in the season ahead,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach Sigi Schmid.
In two seasons, Cole has been one of the most consistent defenders and an excellent leader for the Galaxy. He has played in 55 games and has even scored two goals.
Transaction: LA Galaxy re-sign defender Ashley Cole
Name: Ashley Cole
Weight: 146 lbs.
Born: December 20, 1980
Last Club: A.S. Roma
Birthplace: London, England
What it Means:
Honestly, ask me after we find out how much the Galaxy are paying Cole in 2018. Don’t get me wrong, he’s been a surprisingly great addition to the club over the past two years. The fact remains he just turned 37. Father Time is undefeated.
Cole had a guaranteed salary of $377,625, making him one of the highest paid outside backs in league history. He’s certainly been a welcomed veteran and wise soul in a locker room desperate for stability and leadership. That said, even if he’s as productive in 2018 as he was in 2017, I’m not sure he’ll be worth almost $400,000.
Assuming he’s healthy for the whole year, something around $250,000 would be better. Anything below $200,000 and this is absolutely a good deal for the Galaxy.