Didier Drogba signs with Phoenix Rising of USL

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Didier Drogba‘s illustrious playing career is set to continue, as Phoenix Rising announced on Wednesday the Chelsea legend has joined the United Soccer League (USL) side.

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Drogba, 39, will headline his new league and team’s 2017 season alongside a pair of familiar names also in Phoenix, 37-year-old Omar Bravo and 35-year-0ld Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Drogba most recently played for the Montreal Impact in MLS, where he scored 11 goals in a stellar half-season (11 games) debut in 2015, before tailing off during the second half of the 2016 season, scoring 10 goals in 22 games regardless.

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“The USL is a league on the rise, further demonstrated by the caliber of players who have recently joined our ranks,” said USL president Jake Edwards in a league press release. “The addition of Drogba in Phoenix, as well as the numerous other world class and domestic players competing in the USL speaks volumes to the professional-quality environment our league continues to build.”