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Sacramento Republic FC Sign Former Chelsea and West Ham United Forward Carlton Cole

By sradmin, 08/09/16, 7:00PM PDT

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Striker brings 14 years of English Premier League experience to Republic FC.

Carlton Cole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (August 9, 2016) –Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with forward Carlton Cole for the 2016 USL season. Cole played most recently with Celtic of the Scottish Premier League. He will begin training with the club on August 16 in Sacramento.

“Cole needs no introduction. In terms in what he has does in the game, he has played at the highest level throughout his career and it shows he is a top player and very good professional,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “When he became available, we realized the good he can bring, his invaluable experience and that he can score goals.”

Cole played 14 English Premier League seasons splitting time between ChelseaCharlton Athleticand Aston Villa before spending nine seasons with West Ham United. Cole appeared in over 285 EPL matches, scoring 52 career EPL goals. He made 256 career appearances with West Ham United in the EPL and League Championship between 2006 and 2015, scoring 56 career goals. Cole played most recently with Celtic of the Scottish Premier League, appearing in five matches, scoring a goal.

Republic FC will hit the road on Saturday, August 13 to take on Saint Louis FC. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. The match will be broadcast at SacRepublicFC.com and the USL YouTube.