Category: Montreal Impact

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

Montreal can breathe a sigh of relief with the return of Didier Drogba

The best news of the Montreal Impact’s offseason came on Sunday when Didier Drogba effectively announced on Twitter that he’d be returning to Major League Soccer for the 2016 season. Even though owner Joey Saputo couldn’t confirm on Monday that Drogba would complete the upcoming season in Montreal, the exhale in Quebec could be heard all over Canada. The Impact’s fortunes this season hinged very much on Drogba deciding to put off retirement. What Drogba did for the Impact last season was incredible. No MLS signing – from David Beckham to Sebastian Giovinco – has given a club such a ... Read more

Report: Didier Drogba will retire to join Guus Hiddink’s staff at Chelsea

Montreal Impact forward Didier Drogba is set to retire from professional soccer to pursue a coaching position at Chelsea, according to reporting from L’Equipe. The French sports daily cited “Canadian sources” in reporting the former Ivorian international will inform his Major League Soccer that he intends to take a coaching position at Chelsea FC. Drogba spent two spells as a player at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier Leagues, three League Cups, four FA Cups and one UEFA Champions League during his two tenures with the club. Following Chelsea’s recent firing of manager Jose Mourinho, Drogba had been linked with a ... Read more

Organic growth among Canada’s pro soccer teams producing overdue and well-earned success

Irrespective of the attitude many critics demonstrate, Major League Soccer (MLS) is a uniquely American success story. In a land that was long a professional soccer wasteland with the exception of short periods of achievement that quickly collapsed, MLS has been able to sustain itself and build an impressive product by any truly objective standard over the course of the last two decades. But now, MLS is not just a uniquely American success story, but a Canadian one as well. Canada’s passion for soccer cannot be judged by failures of its men’s national team. Nor can it be merely judged by ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 21

Here are the 10 things we learned from the 21st week of the MLS season. 1. Pirlo! Andrea Pirlo is royalty. There is no other way to explain why opposing players refuse to tackle him, refuse to harass him, refuse, really, to even look threateningly at him. Pirlo played just a shade over 30 minutes in his NYCFC debut on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and he was absolutely magnificent. He looked the part and played the part of the international icon he is, starting two-goal sequences with brilliant passes, and lifting his entire team with his mere presence on the ... Read more

Montreal Impact aquire rights to sign Didier Drogba

After acquiring the right to sign Didier Drogba, the Chicago Fire have traded the Ivorian national for allocation money to the Montreal Impact according to the team’s official website. Not officially a part of the roster just yet, Drogba must first obtain his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) as well as his Canadian work permit. When Chicago first filed a “discovery claim” on Drogba after the striker expressed interest in playing within MLS, the Fire started to pursue his talents and expected him to sign a contract. However Drogba quickly stated that he preferred to play in Montreal, the other team ... Read more