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Rowdies’ Joe Cole featured among NASL’s Best players

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Midfielder Joe Cole of the Tampa Bay Rowdies has been named to the NASL’s Best XI, the league has announced.

Cole played in 24 matches. He scored nine goals, second on the team, and had seven assists, second in the league.

Cole, 35, played for Chelsea FC and West Ham in England. He was the only Rowdies’ player represented.

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