Ex-Chelsea striker joins Phoenix Rising as player and co-owner taking the next step in his career
PHOENIX, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES AND MONTREAL, CANADA (ACTION IMAGES/MLS/USA TODAY) – Phoenix Rising of the United Soccer League have confirmed that ex-Chelsea star Didier Drogba will sign on as a player-owner for the team. As part of the deal, Drogba will help develop the team as a player before advancing to an executive role with the Phoenix MLS expansion franchise. The club is currently in its fourth season in the United Soccer League (USL), the largest division II league in the world. Per club and USL policy, the financial terms of the contract will not be made public.
Drogba joined the MLS squad Montreal Impact in July 2015 and has scored 21 regular season goals in 33 appearances across two seasons. The prolific former Ivory Coast international spent nine seasons with Chelsea before moving to the United States, scoring 164 goals across all competitions and leading the Premier League club to their first ever Champions League title.