Didier Drogba joins United States side Phoenix Rising as player and executive

Drogba had been weighing up a number of offers to keep playing or step into coaching since leaving Montreal Impact last October, but made a decision to take his career in a new direction by agreeing a unique deal with Phoenix. Although there is no promotion and relegation between the USL and MLS, Phoenix is vying to become one of the top tier's expansion teams.

Drogba was speaking after making an announcement on his own future, revealing that he is now a player and co-owner at United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising.

Watch the full interview with Didier Drogba in The Premier League show on BBC Two on Thursday, 13 April (22:00 BST).

Drogba joins the league's growing list of high-profile stars, including Joe Cole, Omar Bravo, Marcel Schäfer and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

I have taken my time in deciding what I wanted to do next and am really excited about the opportunity at Phoenix Rising FC.

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




The former Ivory Coast worldwide has joined USL club Phoenix Rising as part owner and player.

'I also applaud Didier's commitment to further the overall growth of the game in North America.

A Phoenix statement said Drogba, 39, would be a member of the club's playing staff before eventually switching to an executive role. Now in their fourth year in USL, but first as Phoenix Rising FC, the club's expansion application included a plan for a new, privately-funded, climate-controlled, soccer-specific stadium on a 45-acre site.

The Chelsea legend has joined the ownership group at the USL side but will also feature as a player on their roster.

The USL has continued to elevate its role in the North American soccer landscape, securing Division II status from the U.S. Soccer Federation and launching the 2017 season with the largest field of teams in its history at 31.

There are several possible answers to that question, including price, hurt feelings, other teams, Everton's promises, and so on, but Drogba's confident that Lukaku's got what it takes to be the man to lead the line like he once did in the SW6.

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