Ashley Cole has moved on from AS Roma and joined MLS side LA Galaxy, potentially marking the final chapter in his storied career.
The transfer was confirmed by the American club on Twitter:
Details of terms were not revealed, but Galaxy insider Adam Serrano revealed Cole's squad designation:
Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena has welcomed Cole to the club and outlined some of the qualities the veteran full-back will add to his squad, per the team's official site.
"Ashley is one of the world’s most successful defenders and has played at the highest level of competition throughout his career," Arena said. "He can provide our defense with valuable experience. We look forward to his contribution to our club this season."
This deal had been widely expected. Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reported how Cole had been bought out the final five months of his contract amid interest from Galaxy.
It seems the Italian club are only too happy to rid themselves of Cole. Writing for the Guardian, Marcus Christenson and Fabrizio Romano made it clear how Roma were "desperate to sever their ties" with the veteran defender.
Now 35, the former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back can offer the cool head of experience to his new side. However, his time with Roma did not go well.
Back in the summer of 2015, Daniel Taylor of the Guardian detailed how much Cole was struggling in Italy's top flight. Taylor cited reports from the Italian press regularly lamenting the player's dire form.
But his age and struggles in Italy can't hide the savvy he's accrued after years of winning at the top level of European football. Always a dynamic attacking outlet, Cole eventually developed into a highly competent defender.
His skills can still stand out in North America, provided he responds well to a change of scenery, where he will link up with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard.