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Drogba joins Phoenix Rising as player and executive

Drogba left MLS side Montreal Impact in December after scoring 21 goals in 33 appearances. Credit: PA

Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has joined United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising as a player and executive.

Phoenix currently play in the second tier of US soccer, but as part of his executive role Drogba will be charged with helping the franchise secure one of four Major League Soccer expansion places.

I have taken my time in deciding what I wanted to do next and am really excited about the opportunity at Phoenix Rising FC.

After seeing first hand the potential for expansion of the sport in North America and getting to know the ownership group in Phoenix, I am convinced that I can help them develop their organization on and off the pitch.

I look forward to their continued success in the USL, and no city is better positioned than Phoenix for expansion into the MLS.

– Drogba to Phoenix Rising's official website

Lampard booed as New York City season debut ends in 7-0 defeat

Frank Lampard in New York. Credit: PA

Frank Lampard made his long-awaited season debut for New York City following an injury lay-off, but his first experience of a derby Stateside couldn't have gone much worse, as the New York Red Bulls thrashed City FC 7-0 at Yankee Stadium.

Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dax McCarty each scored twice before Alex Muyl, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Bash ran up the score to match the largest margin of victory in MLS history.

Lampard, 37, who joined New York City last year, earns $6,000,000 (£4,108,660) – more than all of the Red Bulls team combined. Sections of the City home support booed him when he entered the fray.


MLS backs Beckham's Miami venue

David Beckham. Credit: PA

Major League Soccer has given its backing to David Beckham's proposed stadium site for his planned expansion team in Miami.

Earlier this week, Beckham's team of investors acquired land in Miami's Overtown neighbourhood after more than a year searching for a viable home for the team - with three previous plans coming to nothing.

In order to go ahead with development, Beckham needed the approval of MLS and got that on Saturday night following a meeting of the league's Board of Governors on the eve of the MLS Cup final.

"We are very supportive of Miami Beckham United's plans to locate their stadium in the City of Miami's Overtown neighbourhood," said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a statement.

"Their vision for a world-class venue within the urban core that is accessible by mass transportation is impressive, and we believe it will be an important part of the continued revitalisation of the area.

"We look forward to working with David and his partners to finalise plans to bring Major League Soccer to Miami."

Drogba nets hat-trick on first MLS start

Drogba seems to be enjoying life in the MLS. Credit: PA

Didier Drogba marked his first Major League Soccer start with a perfect hat-trick as the Montreal Impact won 4-3 against the Chicago Fire.

Nigel Reo-Coker set up the former Chelsea striker for his first goal in the 27th minute and after Jeff Larentowicz equalised from a penalty, Wandrille Lefevre headed the Impact back in front.

The Fire went 3-2 up through Gilberto and Kennedy Igboananike but within six minutes, Drogba lashed home left-footed after Ignacio Piatti's quick free-kick and then nodded home his third after his initial shot was well saved by Sean Johnson to win the game.


Gerrard poised to complete LA Galaxy deal

Gerrard will be lining up in the white of LA Galaxy in MLS next season. Credit: PA

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's move to LA Galaxy could be confirmed today.

Press Association Sport understands a deal to take the 34-year-old to the Major League Soccer at the end of this season is now close to completion.

However, contrary to reports Gerrard has not been given leave to travel to the United States to finalise the move and has not flown to America as all the necessary requirements associated with the deal have been done in this country.

Owen Coyle appointed Houston Dynamo head coach

Will Coyle prove a success in the states? Credit: PA

Owen Coyle has been announced as the new head coach of Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo.

The former Burnley and Bolton manager claims to have extensive knowledge of the America's top soccer league from watching matches back in the UK.

“I’ve watched MLS extensively, back home we get live feeds and highlights so I certainly know all the teams in the league,” he told houston

Beckham: Winning titles 'never gets old'

Speaking after lifting the MLS Cup, David Beckham reflected on the fairytale endings he's enjoyed at his previous clubs.

"Winning a championship in my last game at Manchester United, and then winning a championship in my last game at Real Madrid...and then winning a championship here, in my last, game - you know, it never gets old," he said.

"I still love it like I did when I won my first."

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