Ashley Cole might be an AS Roma player now, but the former Chelsea and England left back has taken a shot at Major League Soccer.
In his first interview with the Serie A side, the 33-year old defender mentioned that he had received offers to play in the top league of North American soccer but rejected it because he "is not ready to relax on a beach yet."
Cole, 33, was released by Chelsea this summer and had been linked with a move to MLS. However, while his former Blues teammate Frank Lampard is expected to join new MLS franchise New York City FC in the coming days, Cole chose not to move with his friend and instead will be staying in Europe and playing in the Champions League.
Not ready for the Beach
"I had offers from the USA, but I'm not ready to relax on a beach yet," the former England international told reporters at Rome's Fiumicino airport. "I've won a lot in my career already, but I don't want to stop.
"I'm 33 and I'm getting older, but I still have a burning desire to win. That's what I'm here for. I've always had this winning mentality. I can't stand losing," Cole added.
Well it seems that Cole has obviously not been catching any Seattle Sounders or Sporting Kansas City games of late. The MLS is absolutely nothing like the beach that Cole assumes it to be.
The battling nature of the league is personified by the performance of the United States' at the World Cup where Jurgen Klinsmann's side fought their way out of the Group of Death and took Belgium to 120 minutes.
Compared to the MLS, Serie A is a breeze for defenders. The slow pace of the game in Italy makes it easy to get in position and there isn't as much of an onus on getting forward as quickly as possible. This is proven by Roma's full backs being Cole and Maicon, players with a combined age of 65.
Major League Soccer shouldn't be taken lightly anymore. Cole should just ask former Premier League players Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane if it's such a breeze, he might be surprised by the responses.
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