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Drogba repels bullet-proof Corinthians offer

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has refused an offer to join Corinthians of Brazil that would have included generous wages and a bullet-proof car. The Ivory Coast star, 38, is out of contract after a spell at Montreal Impact and was offered $120,000 (110,000 euros) a week, a 24-hours-per-day translator, six return tickets to Europe — and a bullet-proof car. Drogba said on Twitter on Wednesday that he had spoken with the Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade to decline the offer. “I’m very honoured… but it doesn’t feel like the right move for me at ... Read more

Drogba, Gerrard near end as MLS playoffs kick off

Los Angeles (AFP) – The Major League Soccer careers of Didier Drogba and Steven Gerrard could end without either man kicking another ball as their teams head into nerve-wracking sudden-death playoff games starting Wednesday. Two of the biggest names of the English Premier League’s golden era, Liverpool icon Gerrard joined Los Angeles Galaxy in 2015 just a few months before Chelsea legend Drogba headed to Montreal Impact. However, both Gerrard and Drogba’s seasons are hanging by a thread as their respective teams face knockout games this week which could end their campaigns. The Galaxy face a one-off game against Real ... Read more

Drogba fined by league over Impact no-show

New York (AFP) – Didier Drogba has been fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Soccer chiefs after his refusal to play for the Montreal Impact last weekend, the league said Friday. Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Drogba stunned the Impact by demanding to be left out of the squad for their game against Toronto FC on Sunday after discovering he was not in the starting lineup.  Although Impact President Joey Saputo said on Tuesday the club had settled its differences with Drogba, the 38-year-old’s no-show has brought a league fine. “Consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Drogba has ... Read more

Drogba dispute settled – Montreal chief

Montreal (AFP) – Montreal Impact chief Joey Saputo said Tuesday the club had settled its dispute with Didier Drogba after the star striker sensationally refused to play last weekend. The 38-year-old former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star had stunned the club last weekend after demanding to be left out of the match-day squad upon discovering he would start on the bench. The uproar left Drogba facing an uncertain future with Montreal as the club look towards the Major League Soccer postseason. However Impact President Saputo said in a statement on Tuesday that the situation with the veteran striker had now ... Read more

Amid Drogba drama, Impact clinch MLS playoff berth

Los Angeles (AFP) – Amid drama surrounding the absence of Didier Drogba, the Montreal Impact settled for a 2-2 draw against Toronto that proved enough to secure a Major League Soccer playoff spot. The Impact announced on their Twitter feed before Sunday’s game that Drogba was absent with back trouble. But coach Mauro Biello confirmed after the match that reports Drogba demanded to be taken off the 18-man squad after learning he wouldn’t start were true. “Didier was not selected to start the game,” said Biello. “I spoke with him yesterday. He did not accept to come off the bench. In ... Read more

Drogba strikes as Montreal sink Galaxy

Montreal (AFP) – Didier Drogba scored an injury-time winner as the Montreal Impact downed the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 to maintain their place near the top of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference standings. Drogba’s goal in the fourth minute of injury time came after a terrible blunder by Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe, who allowed the former Chelsea striker’s long-range freekick to squirt from his grasp and into the net. The injury-time strike was the final twist of a pulsating game in Montreal which left the Canadian club firmly among the Eastern Conference front-runners. Giovani Dos Santos had fired Los Angeles ... Read more

Drogba scores fourth goal of MLS season in Montreal draw

Montreal (AFP) – Former Chelsea standout Didier Drogba scored on a half-volley in the third minute and Eastern Conference leader Montreal played to a 1-1 Major League Soccer draw with visiting Philadelphia. It was the fourth deadlock in a row for the Impact, with Ivory Coast star Drogba’s fourth goal of the season being matched by the Union’s CJ Sapong in the 21st minute. Montreal moved to 4-3 with four drawn to stay one point ahead of Philadelphia atop the MLS East table. Gambian striker Kekuta Manneh scored in the 12th and 70th minutes and set up another goal to ... Read more

Late sub Didier Drogba makes Montreal Impact happy

Photo credit: AFP Didier Drogba scored his first goal of the Major League Soccer season on a clever backheel shot as the Montreal Impact snapped the Fire’s four-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win in Chicago. The former Chelsea star and all-time leading scorer of the Ivory Coast national team was standing in the centre of the box with his back to the goal when he redirected the ball into the bottom left corner. Drogba’s 56th-minute strike leveled the score at 1-1. Ignacio Piatti grabbed the game-winner in the first minute of stoppage time, giving Montreal their second straight victory. ... Read more