Hometown: London, England
Previous Club: Coventry City (England)
Joe Cole signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies on May 4, 2016.
Cole is the latest high-profile signing completed by an NASL club and brings a wealth of top-level experience to the Rowdies, his first team outside of Europe. In his stellar career, the 34-year old midfielder has won the FA Cup three times, the League Cup twice, the FA Community Shield twice and once finished as runner-up in the UEFA Champions League, in addition to his three Premier League titles as a member of Chelsea FC.
Cole played this season with League One’s Coventry City in England, where he made 22 appearances, tallying six assists and two goals. Cole joined Coventry City initially on loan from Premier League side Aston Villa at the start of the season, but joined full-time in January.
Cole is most closely associated with Premier League giants Chelsea, where he played from 2003 to 2010, and West Ham United, where he began his professional career from 1998 to 2003 and the club which he rejoined for a season and a half in 2013. He has also played for Liverpool FC and Ligue 1 side LOSC Lille in his club career.
Born in Paddington, London, Cole has worn the Three Lions shirt of his national team on 56 occasions, including appearances in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups for England.
2016 Stats: Twenty-four appearances (23 starts), playing 2,056 minutes ... Nine goals, seven assists ... Named to NASL Best XI ... His bicycle kick goal against PRFC on 7/16 vs PRFC was voted the NASL Play of the Week for Fall week 3 ... Made Rowdies debut on 5/14 vs OKC.
2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: Two appearances (both starts), playing 161 minutes.