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Galaxy 'close' to acquiring England's Ashley Cole

Galaxy 'close' to acquiring England's Ashley Cole

A week after selling defender Omar Gonzalez and midfielder Juninho to Mexican clubs, the Galaxy appears close to filling one of those vacant roster spots with former English national team defender Ashley Cole.

Bruce Arena, the Galaxy’s coach and general manager, declined Monday to discuss the Cole talks in detail but did say that media speculation about negotiations between the club and player “is fairly accurate.”

A formal announcement of the signing “is close,” a Galaxy official said, and a deal could be reached even before European transfer windows begin to open on Saturday. Cole last played in March for Italian club Roma, which also refused to...

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