Didier Drogba: Ex-Chelsea striker joins Phoenix Rising as player and co-owner

The United Soccer League (USL) - the largest Division II professional league in the world and longest standing member of the U.S. Soccer Federation - today welcomes Didier Drogba as the newest member of Phoenix Rising FC.

Drogba was speaking after making an announcement on his own future, revealing that he is now a player and co-owner at United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising.

This season, the 39-year-old who is known for his impressive display while at Chelsea rejected many offers from several Premier League club for him to extend his playing career. The club has former Chelsea and Manchester City man Shaun Wright-Phillips as well as former Mexico worldwide Omar Bravo.

"I could have carried on playing".

Drogba's involvement here is perhaps especially notable, though, as he's bringing a lot of attention to the Rising (and as his tweet points out, with the goal of hopefully getting them to MLS; we should note that it's not "the MLS", though, Didier). "I'm not going to interfere in his decisions or his responsibilities", he said.

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The deal will allow Rising FC to put Drogba on the pitch in the young 2017 campaign, before moving him to a technical role for the following two seasons.

"So it's wonderful to look at the table and see Chelsea top of the league again". The US Soccer Federation (USSF) not only granted USL second tier, but allowed the league to create a lower, third tier as well.

"I had offers from China, from England - in both the Premier League and even the Championship - but they were only as a player", Drogba told The Premier League Show, via BBC Sport. But it's important for me to get to the next stage of my career.

"You could see the difference between when we came in my first years at the club and when we came back a few years later", he said.

Drogba is known as the ultimate big-game player, winning 17 trophies in 22 major finals, including four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, one Turkish Süper Lig, one Turkish Süper Kupa and one Turkish Küpasi.

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