Galaxy announces end-of-the season team awards

Galaxy midfielder Romain Alessandrini was selected the 2017 Galaxy Player of the Year and Ashley Cole earned Defender of the year honors, the club announced Thursday.

In his first year with the Galaxy and MLS, Alessandrini ended up as one of only four players to record at least 10 goals and 10 assists this season. Alessandrini led the Galaxy with 13 goals and added 12 assists.

Cole made 29 starts and was the Galaxy’s most dependable and consistent defender.

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A return for Ashley Cole is likely this week

With two games this week, there is a good chance Galaxy fans will see Ashley Cole (hamstring) back in action.

Cole has been sidelined since the U.S. Open Cup game against Portland, June 29. He has missed three league games.

“He was out today and he looked good,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said Monday of Cole. “I think there’s a good chance he will be ready to play.”

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