Arena: 'There is a real upside of having Ashley Cole'

Former England international Ashley Cole (107 caps) has signed with the LA Galaxy following his release from Roma, for which he had not played a competitive game since March 2015. LA Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena talked about why the signing of a 35-year-old left back made sense -- and was a risk -- particularly in light of the Englishman's remarks a year and half earlier that he was "not ready to relax on a beach yet."



"Ashley Cole has a great history," Arena told LAGalaxy.com. "We know that doesn't necessarily translate on the field when you come to MLS but my interactions over the last couple of months show me that he's a player that has a strong desire to play here in Los Angeles.

"He's very fit and has a burning desire to get back on the field and prove to people that he can still play. I have a hard time believing that he won't be one of the better left backs in our league.

"I think that the opportunity that he's going to have in LA is going to be a good one for him, and he's going to be able to contribute greatly to our team."

"I think that he's a good addition to our team, but only time will tell. Whether you think it's a risk or a gamble, these are the risks and gambles that you take. There is a real upside of having Ashley Cole with the LA Galaxy."
6 comments about "Arena: 'There is a real upside of having Ashley Cole'".
  1. beautiful game, January 28, 2016 at 10:01 a.m.

    Cole's remark about the MLS was immature...he'll learn quickly that his body will undergo more pain with the MLS schedule and air miles.

  2. Allan Lindh replied, January 28, 2016 at 9 p.m.

    Wait till he finds out all the MLS refs were trained in Panama.

  3. :: SilverRey ::, January 28, 2016 at 10:02 a.m.

    Wait, so what is the upside? A great history? Beckham has a great history, just bring him back.

  4. Ric Fonseca, January 28, 2016 at 5:25 p.m.

    I find B. Arena's comments somewhat confusing and at times disingenuous. Didn't he just recently say that American players should be paid better, meaning MLS players - and yet, in light of his signing Cole and maybe another Euro, trading out Omar and Junhino,and who knows who else in order to make "room," it beg one to wonder just what is going on. And I recely read that Keane and Garrard recently got their FA coaching licenses, is it this duo that "helped" Arena make the decision to bring in these veterans? I wonder if Bruce Arena won't retire soon, or step down as head coach and Keane steps in... just some food for thought!

  5. Daniel Clifton, January 29, 2016 at 11:14 a.m.

    I think you make a good point about the apparent hypocrisy of Arena's comments. He has clearly criticized Klinsmann for bringing foreigners to the USMNT team. Why is he doing the same with his own team. The Galaxy appear to have a number of young talented players coming up thru their system. I hope he will play them also. Hopefully these moves indicate a willingness on the part of the Galaxy to go all out to win the CONCACAF Champions league.

  6. andrea moscetti, February 1, 2016 at 11:07 a.m.

    Cole is a retired player. Spent two years in Rome doing nothing but enjoying life. He may be in an overall good shape for somebody his age but I highly doubt he is fit, even less match fit. A big disappointment in Rome, totally inadequate to play in Serie A

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