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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...

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MLS is 'very focused' on expansion to St. Louis - commissioner Don Garber

More than 43,000 fans watched the U.S. play in St. Louis' Busch Stadium in November.

Major League Soccer hopes to push forward with plans to bring a new club to St. Louis as early as 2020, commissioner Don Garber says.

With MLS looking to grow to 28 teams in the near future, Garber met with the chairman of the St. Louis Sports Commission, Dave Peacock, in New York on Thursday to discuss possible expansion to the Missouri city.

Garber, who has also spoken recently with Gov. Jay Nixon and Mayor Francis Slay, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the city has "a unique moment in time...

Fitness, chemistry and stuck trucks: Preseason starts the road to MLS Cup

Columbus Crew captain Michael Parkhurst reflects on his side's success in 2015 and looks ahead to the 2016 MLS season.
ESPN FC's Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman discuss the biggest offseason moves in Major League Soccer.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest transfer rumours around Major League Soccer.

Michael Parkhurst is the Columbus Crew SC captain and a U.S. international defender. In this guest blog, he writes about preparing for the new MLS season.

LAKEWOOD, Fla. -- A new year and a new season beckon. It's the beginning of a long and arduous journey that will contain highs and lows throughout an 11-month run that will culminate with a heroic performance in MLS Cup and the hoisting of a trophy as confetti fills the sky.

So says every team at the start of preseason.

It was a short offseason...