England’s Ashley Cole staying with L.A. Galaxy on 1-year deal

LA Galaxy defender Ashley Cole (3) celebrates his goal against Real Salt Lake in the first half of an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif., Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (Reed Saxon/AP)

CARSON, Calif. — Defender Ashley Cole has agreed to return for another season with the LA Galaxy.

The MLS club announced a one-year contract with the veteran English star on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Cole had one goal and two assists in 29 games as the Galaxy’s left back last year. The former Arsenal and Chelsea stalwart has been with the Galaxy for the past two seasons, making 55 appearances as one of MLS’ most effective left backs.

Cole has provided steadiness and leadership to the Galaxy despite their slump to the bottom of the MLS standings last season.

Cole fills the club’s last available foreign-allocation roster spot. The Galaxy also signed Norwegian defender Jorgen Skjelvik on a free transfer last month.

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