LA Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo said that his team has no intention of letting Ashley Cole leave the club. He said that the former Arsenal and Chelsea defender is an important member of the team and that he is still counting on him.

This statement will reassure LA Galaxy fans after reports suggested that the player might be returning to England with Birmingham City amongst the clubs interested in the player.

Curt Onalfo said that he is unaware of any interest in the player and that Ashley Cole is still and will remain a LA Galaxy player. He said that he is busy building a team that will allow him to win trophies and that he has no interest in letting go of his best players. Galaxy remain one of the front-runners to win their Division, with giving them odds of just 2/1 to win a trophy this season.

"Ashley Cole is an important member of the team and that it is difficult to replace a player of this quality. Cole is not only an important player on the pitch but also in the dressing room. He brings not only experience on the pitch but also calmness."

Meanwhile, LA are still on the lookout for a quality striker and have denied rumors that the team might be moving a move for former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He admitted that the team is always interested in signing world class players and that they might be interested in having a player of this quality play for them.

However, he said that there is no decision that has been made so far and that they are more concerned with the present team. He said that he would be pleased if ever they signed a player of this quality but at the moment there are no concrete offers that have been made.

With LA Galaxy gearing up for the new season, it's interesting to note that their main rivals, Seattle Sounders, are also excited with what he has seen so far this close season.

Indeed Seattle Sounders has been hindered with plenty of injuries for a few months now, and they have been relying on some of the young players to win games. Schmetzer believes that these fringe players have performed really well and that they have filled the void left by the injured players, but that with the return of the first team players he will have some competition for places and this could be really useful for the remainder of the season.

"The players returning from injuries should not believe that they will be getting back into the team easily - their replacements have been so good that they will have to fight to get their place back into the team. As a coach this is what you would like on your team and this is an exciting period for Seattle Sounders - the team has been underachieving for quite some time now and that it is high time for the team to progress."

"Hopefully the younger players will benefit from the experience of the older players and this could help drive the team forward. I want to see more aggressiveness and determination all around the pitch as the the club has the potential of winning a trophy this season and I'll give his best to make this happen."