The game in 100 words (or less): It took far less time (roughly 12 months less) for Didier Drogba to make his Major League Soccer debut from the time he signed a contract with the Montreal Impact, than it did for Frank Lampard to do after “signing a contract” with New York City FC. But hey, that’s neither here nor there. Drogba made his MLS debut Saturday night when he came on as a second-half substitute for the Impact, who eventually fell at home to a late goal scored by Sebastien Le Toux. Drogba’s greatest contribution on the night was to help create a raucous atmosphere inside Stade Saputo upon his entrance, though the Chelsea legend nearly opened his account in the game’s dying moments. With the victory, the Union climb out of the Eastern Conference basement with a one-point lead on the Chicago Fire. For the Impact, it’s a game in hand wasted for Frank Klopas’ side who remain in the sixth, level on points with the two expansion sides.
Three moments that mattered
59′ — Drogba enters, makes his MLS debut — In the 59th minute, Dilly Duka, the player who gave up “his” No. 11 jersey to make way for Drogba, was subbed out and on came the legendary Ivorian. Check out the scene as Drogba entered the game. In his 31 minutes of action, Drogba took two shots, completed a key pass and 75 percent of his total passes.
78′ — Le Toux’s redirect gives Philly a winner — CJ Sapong sent in the cross from the right side, Eric Ayuk attempted a difficult first-time volley and Le Toux applied the simple redirect touch to beat Evan Bush.
90′ — Drogba’s free kick nearly grazes the crossbar — With just three minutes of stoppage time remaining, Drogba threw his fair bit of weight and clout around to say, “This is my free kick, I’m taking this.” He did, and had the ball dipped a bit more, Andre Blake was absolutely helpless.
Man of the match: Sebastien Le Toux
Goalscorers: Le Toux (78′)