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."