If his debut is anything to go by, Ashely Cole’s spell in the United States will be a success.
The former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back became the latest former Premier League star to join Major League Soccer when he signed for Los Angeles Galaxy last month.
He wasted no time in making an impression, producing a glorious backheel nutmeg in his debut that left his marker feeling sorry for himself.
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Those claiming Cole has moved to America to enjoy the beach will be surprised to see the former England defender take a friendly against Club Tijuana as seriously as he did.
In a highlight video uploaded to Galaxy’s YouTube page, Cole can be seen busting a lung to close the ball down and flying into tackles with the same vigour Premier League fans will instantly recognise.
Cole was a free agent after mutually agreeing to terminate his contract at Roma in January. He made just 16 appearances for the Italian side and still had a year remaining on his contract.
Check out his skill in the video below (around 0:50).
From England to the U.S.
The defender is the latest in a growing trend of ex-Premier League players moving to MLS.
Former Liverpool players Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane are two of Cole’s team-mates and he’s sure to see more familiar faces when the MLS season starts next month.
Frank Lampard and Shaun Wright-Phillips, ex-Chelsea players, play for rival teams New York City FC and New York Red Bulls respectively.
High-profile players including Andrea Pirlo, Kaka, David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco are also currently plying their trade in the United States’ growing league.
Cole’s debut ended in a 0-0 draw.