Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Former Chelsea star, Drogba joins USL's Phoenix Rising

Former Chelsea star, Drogba joins USL's Phoenix Rising

Drogba had been without a team since leaving MLS outfit Montreal Impact in November, after rejecting a move to Brazilian giants Corinthians in February.

He will join the Phoenix team as a player, but will later transition into an executive position with the "Phoenix MLS expansion franchise".

Didier Drogba has opted to extend his playing career, announcing he's signed with Phoenix Rising FC on Wednesday.

I had offers from China and England - from Premier League and Championship teams - but that was only as a player.

Drobga will join several other big names at the club, including Mexican global star Omar Bravo and England worldwide player Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Didier Drogba, the legendary Ivorian striker, has signed with Phoenix Rising FC, the club confirmed today.

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Didier Drogba has become football's first player-owner after agreeing to take over at Phoenix Rising. "He's a very good player, but also a great man".

Ahead of Manchester United's Europa League game, we hear from Jose Mourinho, while Paul Pogba tells us whether his side can still make the top four. "His invaluable mentorship will guide our young stars in the locker room and on the field, contributing to the future success of our league and the game for years to come".

But Drogba hasn't gone to the Rising to play a major role on the pitch. If successful, they'll be the only MLS team in the Southwest, giving them a huge opportunity to tap into a potentially very lucrative market.

"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".

The USL is the world's largest Division II professional soccer league, with 30 markets in 20 USA states and two Canadian provinces for the 2017 season. MLS has always been enamored with the idea of star players eventually owning teams (see Beckham, David), but it has a ton of contenders for potential new franchises.

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