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.
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.
“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.”