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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

2016/2017 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
3 Houston 0 0 0 0
4 LA Galaxy 0 0 0 0
5 Portland 0 0 0 0
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Ashley Cole says he joined LA Galaxy to 'work hard,' not for the beaches

With Ashley Cole completing a move to LA Galaxy, remind yourself of his incredible career so far.

CARSON, Calif. -- Ashley Cole insists he didn't sign with the LA Galaxy because of the MLS club's proximity to the beach.

The former Arsenal, Chelsea and England left-back drew the ire of many in American soccer when he said upon joining Italy's Roma in July 2014 that he had turned down MLS offers because wasn't "ready to relax on a beach yet."

On Friday, Cole said the quote, while accurate, was taken out of context.

"I'm not going to come here and try to defend myself," Cole said after being introduced...

Nigel De Jong and Ashley Cole bring depth and experience to LA Galaxy

The ESPN FC crew discuss what new signing Nigel de Jong will bring to the LA Galaxy.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Craig Burley assess the strengths and weaknesses of the latest LA Galaxy signing, Nigel de Jong.

When it comes to roster construction in MLS, LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena has long been acknowledged as the grand master. Every year, it seems, Arena manages to bend and fold -- and some would say mutilate -- the rules by which MLS sides can acquire talent. And the results speak for themselves. Arena has won five MLS Cups and three Supporters' Shields.

In the current offseason, Arena has taken his approach to a whole new level, staying steps ahead of the competition. Defender Omar Gonzalez and...