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Report: Didier Drogba linked with MLS move, as two teams battle for his signature

Feb 25, 2014, 6:45 AM EDT

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The MLS offseason is almost over, but these crazy rumors just keep flying around.

With former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba set to line up against his former club on Wednesday whilst playing for Galatasaray, rumors are rife that he could be on his way to Major League Soccer.

Such stories have existed for quite some time, and with the 35-year-old striker out of contract in the summer, many expect him to make one last move before the Ivorian superstar retired.

According to this report from British tabloid the Daily Star, New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry wants to bring Drogba to MLS this season. With New York having one Designated Player slot open, is this possible?

But hold on a minute.

The same reports suggests the Seattle Sounders are also lining up to get some of the ‘Drog’ as some of MLS’ biggest franchises fancy getting some of his brute force and lethal finishing. But the Sounders already have three DPs in Obafemi Martins, Clint Dempsey and Osvaldo Alonso, so does that mean one of those guys are on the way out? If you had to guess someone is on the move, you’d go with Martins. Meanwhile Drogba is also attracting interest from his ex-club Chelsea, as he’s still a hero at Stamford Bridge and it is thought owner Roman Abramovich and manager Jose Mourinho would love to bring the towering striker in as a ‘forward’s coach’ for next season.

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Whatever he decides to do, there’s no doubt about it, Drogba would tear it up in MLS. Just like any league he has gone to in his illustrious career. After leaving Chelsea in 2012, when he scored the winning penalty kick in the UEFA Champions League final, Drogba has been all over the place. First he went to China, to play for the extremely wealthy Shanghai Shenhua side alongside former Chelsea star Nicholas Anelka. But that all went a bit pear shaped and Drogba returned to Europe on the hunt for a club and landed at Turkish giant Galatasaray, who he has now helped reach the Champions League knockout stages.

With one final move in the cards for the goalscoring machine, could we see the famous ‘wide arm pump’ celebration in MLS later this season?

Drogba has a World Cup date to attend with the Ivory Coast this summer, in what should be his swansong for the Elephants. But is this legendary striker set for one last fleeting flight in MLS before he calls it quits?

Perhaps this is just another tabloid rumor. Regardless, it will be interesting to see where Didier ends up this summer.

  1. nogoodusernames - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    I bet the Revs will get him, as most everyone would agree there’s no chance the Krafts would let a chance like this to improve their team pass by without making a supreme effort to get a big name player like him when he becomes available.

  2. mvktr2 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Forget Drogba I want his teammate Schneider!

    This has been rumored for years now, enough already. At this point I just don’t care. It’ll be more fodder for the europhiles and their ‘retirement league’ banter. On the flip side if he can play he can play and it sure seems he’s still got it. Would be interesting to see him vs younger athletic backlines and see what father-time has in store.

    • ntg1213ntg1213 - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      While I agree that it could lead to more of the retirement league stereotype, Drogba can clearly still play. As for how he’ll fare against “athletic” backlines, there isn’t a single defender in the MLS who would make Juve or Madrid’s squad, and he had a goal and three assists against those teams in four games this year. Something tells me MLS defenses won’t give him too much trouble

  3. Vnice - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    “Just like any league he has gone to in his illustrious career.”

    This isn’t even a sentence. Seriously, how did you even land a journalism job? Your writing is high school newspaper level.

    Let’s see how long it takes for you to delete *this* comment.

  4. midtec2005 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I would sign him… if he took a regular, not-even-close to DP salary.

    Otherwise, no. He’s like 73 years old.

  5. talgrath - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I don’t see any chance of the Sounders picking him Drogba up, aside from having three designated players that they seem pretty happy with, they also seem pretty happy with their forwards right now and while Drogba is a skilled veteran he’s also 35 years old and will want a big contract. I don’t think the NYRB want Drogba either, sure they have an open DP slot, but lately they seem more interested in developing American talent than going on the hunt for a big name player, they already have one aging striker in Henry. The only team that has the money and the DP slot to do this is Vancouver, they may want to replace Camilo and that would make sense, but they aren’t mentioned in these rumors; that makes me think that this is just a way to try to boost Drogba’s contract negotiations put out by his agent.

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