Didier Drogba

USL

USL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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The non-stop USL action continues this weekend with a big match-up between teams splitting the headlines the last few weeks.

Didier Drogba and Phoenix Rising FC will come face to face with Western cConference juggernauts Real Monarchs SLC Saturday night. The Monarchs are now the USL record holders in consecutive games won and look like an unstoppable force.

USL Week 12 Rewind: Drogba nets two, Rochester keeps winning, Louisville rolls, and more

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It was a wild weekend of USL action featuring goals, streaking teams, and plenty of penalties. Seven teams in both conferences are carrying unbeaten streaks of four or more games as teams are beginning to find their grooves. Four other teams were able to register shutouts on the weekend while three teams netted three goals.

USL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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Didier Drogba is set to steal headlines this weekend in his debut for Phoenix Rising FC as they take on Vancouver Whitecaps 2.

While the 39 year-old Ivorian will steal some of the spotlight, the game of the weekend might be in New Jersey on Sunday afternoon. The fourth place New York Red Bulls II welcome third place Louisville City FC.

Drogba sings with Phoenix Rising FC as player and co-owner

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Following his departure from Montreal Impact back in November, former Chelsea talisman and Ivorian international Didier Drogba will continue his career with USL side Phoenix Rising FC.

On Wednesday, following months of speculation,Phoenix Rising, official announced the arrival of the forward.

Arsenal

Yaya Sanogo confirms he is leaving Arsenal

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The young Yaya Sanogo arrived at Arsenal four years ago with a reputation of being the next Didier Drogba, but he quickly fell out of contention with injuries and fitness problems, and in the end only scored one competitive goal for Arsenal in his whole Arsenal career. But now it is over and he confirmed [.

Nearly Men: Arsene Wenger Adds N’Golo Kante To Long List Of Players He Almost Signed For Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has added a new name to the ever-lengthening list of players he's nearly signed for Arsenal over the years.

The player in question is N'Golo Kante, with Wenger revealing that he attempted to pilfer him from Leicester City after their title-winning season only to watch the French workhorse join Chelsea in a £32million deal.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: Father Time is saying goodbye to Vicente Calderón

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The famous stadium will host its final European match and some Minneapolis sports columnist thinks scarves aren't manly.

MLS

Phoenix Rising FC tried to grow their MLS chances bringing in Didier Drogba, and it appears to be working as the Deputy Commissioner is checking out the club.

FC Dallas didn't make any moves to close out the transfer window, but they did bring in two native Texans for trials.

Major Link Soccer: DeAndre Yedlin is back from injury

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Atlanta's stadium is delayed till September.

Seattle

The Tacoma Rainiers are getting some special new jerseys, designed by a fifth grader for Tacoma Public Schools night. It looks awesome and has all the iconic sights of the city. I'm not even joking, I want one.

Not a fan of the nickname "Goose" for Gustav Svensson?

News roundup: Missing maestro, NYCFC preview, Open Cup first round, Drogba, more

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NYC Pigeons preview, the Union are missing their string-puller, the evolution of MLS fullbacks, and Didier Drogba returns to the states.

Phoenix Rising FC: Didier Drogba Joins Star-Studded USL Franchise As Player/Co-Owner

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Didier Drogba has signed on for United Soccer League (USL) side Phoenix Rising as both a player and a co-owner.

Phoenix have just begun their fourth season in the USL, the second tier of the US league system, but are currently bidding against 12 other clubs for one of two available MLS franchise expansion berths.

Drogba signs for US second tier soccer club Phoenix Rising

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Ivory Coast and Chelsea star Didier Drogba on Wednesday signed for US second tier team Phoenix Rising, vowing to help the club achieve its dream of entry to Major League Soccer.

A Phoenix statement said Drogba, 39, would be a member of the club’s playing staff before eventually switching to an executive role.

Drogba signs for US second tier soccer club Phoenix Rising

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Ivory Coast and Chelsea star Didier Drogba on Wednesday signed for US second tier team Phoenix Rising, vowing to help the club achieve its dream of entry to Major League Soccer.

A Phoenix statement said Drogba, 39, would be a member of the club’s playing staff before eventually switching to an executive role.

Forecasting 2017, by the numbers

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The best of times; the worst of times.

The Seattle Sounders were not chasing the 2016 MLS Cup when the team parted ways with Sigi Schmid in July — at least neither players nor management could have reasonably expected, at the time, to win the league championship. Midseason coaching changes have a long and dismal history.

Corinthians Submit Contract Offer To Didier Drogba, Attempt To Woo Him By Chucking In An Armoured Car (Photo)

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Currently a free agent after walking away from Montreal Impact at the end of the MLS season, Didier Drogba is currently being courted by a motley packof potential suitors.

Among those are Corinthians, with the Brazilian side reportedly submitting an offer to Drogba via an intermediary party.

Didier Drogba confirms Montreal Impact exit at the end of the season

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced that he will leave Montreal Impact at the end of the current Major League Soccer (MLS) season. The Ivorian was a second-half substitute in the team’s semi-final in the MLS Cup against Toronto FC last night. His team went on to win 3-2, with the return leg in Toronto on November 30.

Drogba plans on continuing playing career in 2017

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Though his contract with the Montreal Impact is up at the end of this season, Didier Drogba wants to keep playing.

French outlet RTL report that Drogba believes he will continue his playing career into 2017, be it with the Montreal Impact again or elsewhere. The forward's contract expires at the end of this year, leaving him either free to go abroad or return to the Impact next season.

English Premier League

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is still somehow undervalued

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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has been an absolute superb signing since he arrived to the blue side of the city in 2011. The striker has scored 164 goals in just 246 total matches since becoming a Premier League player. The tally is impressive considering that Chelsea great Didier Drogba also managed to score 164 total goals during his time with the London club; however, it took the former Ivory Coast international 135 additional games to get to 164 than Aguero.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is still somehow undervalued

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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has been an absolute superb signing since he arrived to the blue side of the city in 2011. The striker has scored 164 goals in just 246 total matches since becoming a Premier League player. The tally is impressive considering that Chelsea great Didier Drogba also managed to score 164 total goals during his time with the London club; however, it took the former Ivory Coast international 135 additional games to get to 164 than Aguero.

Alexis to be Arsenal’s first Golden Boot winner since RVP?

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Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Didier Drogba, Michael Owen, Robin van Persie and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: six players to have won the Golden Boot more than once since the Premier League began in 1992. Last year's winner Harry Kane could become the seventh name on that illustrious list if he walks away with the [.

Chelsea’s Ivanovic joins Russia’s Zenit

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Moscow (AFP) Defensive stalwart Branislav Ivanovic ended his hugely successful Chelsea career on Wednesday when he signed for Zenit Saint Petersburg for an undisclosed fee.

The 32-year-old Serbian has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with an option of another year.

"I had a strong desire to return to Russia," Ivanovic, who scored five goals in 54 matches for Lokomotiv Moscow in 2006-07 before joining Chelsea in 2008, told the Zenit website.

Rumours

Chelsea Legend talks of impending transfer - Chelsea is his club since he was young, so why not?

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Didier Drogba has caused a stir in the media this past week with comments being made of Romelu Lukaku and reports that he will re-join Chelsea at the end of the season.

The future of Romelu Lukaku is, and will continue to make headlines between now and the end of the season after Ronald Koeman confirmed that he does not know if Belgian striker will sign a new contract at Everton or if he is looking to move elsewhere.

Antonio Conte planning record-breaking deal for this striker if Diego Costa leaves in the summer.

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According to various reports, Antonio Conte is planning for life without Diego Costa this summer with the Spanish hit man destined for a move to China, and has set his sights on a £56m deal for Romelu Lukaku.


The situation with Diego Costa isn't going to go away and will continue to be spoken of until the summer.

Michy Batshuayi and Fernando Torres - What do they have in common? Find out here.

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Michy Batshuayi signed for Chelsea for £33m last summer after an impressive season with Marseille and Euro 2016 with Belgium. Eight months on and it looks as though the striker is on his way out of the club having failed to impress here.

When we think of successful strikers in the Premier League we think of those who scored goals on a regular basis, those that come up with magical moments that could turn games on their head and those who took our game to new exciting levels.

Philadelphia Union

Major Link Soccer: This Zlatan-to-Galaxy rumor appears to have legs

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Meanwhile, Didier Drogba may not be so hot on joining Phoenix Rising.

Seattle

S2 won their first game of the year, keeping Portland Timbers 2 winless through their first three games and improving to 8-1-0 all-time against their southern rivals. We were particularly impressed with Academy player Sam Rogers and First Teamer Zach Mathers.

Zlatan staying with Manchester United, Drogba leaving Montreal: Brotherly Game Daily Links: 11/24/16

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Put that turkey leg down, stop arguing with your family and enjoy some links. Happy Thanksgiving!

Philadelphia Union News

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Fallout from Union’s season end, conference semis set, more news

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Measuring the Union season and what comes next. Conference semifinal field set. More news.

“Moving on to next year”: Union fall to TFC, more news

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It's onward to 2017 after Union are eliminated from the playoffs by TFC. More news.

Montreal Impact

Seattle Sounders at Montreal Impact: Three Questions

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The two teams will play indoor soccer - in Stade Olympique - at 4:00 PM Saturday March 11.

Seattle Sounders FC continue their early season road trip with a journey to Quebec. The Montreal Impact and Olympic Stadium are hosting the Sounders at 4 PM on 11 March (JOEtv in Seattle, ROOT Sports outside of Seattle).

Didier Drogba to leave Impact at end of season

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Didier Drogba confirmed what many already suspected: his time with the Montreal Impact is coming to an end.

The Ivorian star announced his impending departure following Tuesday's 3-2 win over Toronto FC. Drogba came on in the 71st minute of Tuesday's match after starting on the bench in favor of Matteo Mancosu.

MLS Playoffs 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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Follow along as the Montreal Impact hosts Toronto FC, followed by the Seattle Sounders taking on the Colorado Rapids

After what seems like ages, the MLS playoffs are back tonight. The first leg of both conference finals will take place on...Tuesday? Wait, what? Odd wrinkles of scheduling having to do with stadium availability and national TV demands have left us with crucial playoff games coming on a strange night.

Didier Drogba returns to practice for first time in two weeks

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The Montreal Impact already have a 1-0 advantage over the New York Red Bulls, but they may haveanother big boost coming ahead of Sunday's second leg.

Star forward Didier Drogba returned to practice on Tuesday, joining the team for a full training session for the first time in two weeks. Drogba had previously been limited to individual workouts due to a back injury.

Didier Drogba unlikely to play in Impact's playoff clash with D.C. United

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The Montreal Impact will likely be without their star forward for the start of the postseason.

Impact coach Mauro Biello says that Didier Drogba is unlikely to feature in Thursday's clash with D.C. United due to a lingering back issue. Biello says that "chances are very minimal" thatthe forward sees the field in the opening round, which is formatted as a one-game playoff.

European Soccer

Wednesday Kickoff: Aubameyang, Drogba, 'Chicharito', and more

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A young striker says he wants to leave his current club while one of the game's legends turned down a move to a Brazilian powerhouse.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he must leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer if he is to improve, citing Real Madrid as a preferred destination. (REPORT)

Didier Drogba announced that he has officially turned down a move to Corinthians.

Monday Kickoff: Mason, Busquets, Drogba and more

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Ryan Mason is reportedly stable after suffering a frightening injury while Barcelona could be without a key midfielder as the club hopes to push back into the title race.

After suffering a fractured skull in this past weekend's clash with Chelsea, Hull City defender Ryan Mason is speaking with club officials after undergoing successful surgery.

D.C. United

MLS Playoffs: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS playoffs continue on Sunday with a slate of four games to open the conference semifinal round.

Sunday's action begins in Montreal, as the Impact host the New York Red Bulls in Eastern Conference action. The Impact are fresh off a win over D.

Filibuster podcast episode 209: The berry farm also has goats

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The Filibuster crew is here to talk MLS Cup playoffs!

D.C. United is hosting a game at RFK Stadium in the MLS Cup playoffs, and Filibuster is here to talk about it! First, though, Adam, Jason, and Ben talk about the D.C. United stadium and the potential problem that seems to have been avoided with their Zoning Commission hearing.

The Rest

Retro Football: 25 Brilliant Archive Photos Of Iconic Champions League Final Moments Past

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As you're probably well aware, the Champions League final is due to kick-off in Cardiff in a few hours' time.

So, to wet your whistle for the 2017 edition, Pies thought we'd gee you up with a cavalcade of choice imagery from finals past.

Here they bloomin' well be, presentedin no particular order.

OPINION: Do you agree with Pundits comments about Didier Drogba?

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Michael Owen has been featured in a new documentary that focuses on the art of scoring goals and has given an opinion of Didier Drogba that I wondered if you, the football fan reading this post agrees?

We have seen plenty of legendary goalscorers in the Premier League throughout it's existence and in particular those that played here before Drogba's arrival.

Union bits, Winter Showcase win for Union Academy, more news

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News and such to click on, you know.

Arena named USMNT manager, Montreal and Seattle win Conference final first leg games, more

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Arena named USMNT head coach. Montreal and Seattle win conference final first legs but Toronto and Colorado score vital road goals. More news.