If you thought Thierno Seydi's denial of the rumors linking Didier Drogba to Phoenix Rising FC was not convincing - your instincts were correct: scarcely 10 days since Seydi (Drogba's agent) rejected the suggestion his client had joined one of the more ambitious lower-league teams in U.S. soccer, Drogba has joined one of the more ambitious lower-league teams in USA soccer.
With Drogba and the ownership group's star power (and money), Phoenix Rising are positioning themselves to win one of Major League Soccer's upcoming expansion slots.
An article in the Pioneer Press first linked the 39-year-old with the ambitious USL club on March 22, and a report by France Football claimed the deal was done as early as March 28th.
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"I 've taken my time in determining what I needed to do next and am actually excited about the chance at Phoenix Rising FC", said Drogba.
"I look forward for their continuing success in the USL, with no city is better placed than Phoenix for growth to the MLS". "I don't think there's been another player and co-owner, but this shows you how things are changing, how the league is changing and how football is becoming attractive and I'm really happy to have chosen this", he said.
The Chelsea legend says he has taken tips from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Phoenix FC folded after one season, and Arizona United played three seasons until majority owner Kyle Eng sold his interest to a group headed by Berke Bakay. They signed well-known former Mexico and MLS player Omar Bravo and ex-Manchester City, Chelsea and England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips prior to announcing Drogba's arrival.
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Two more expansion sides were welcomed into the MLS for the start of the 2017 season - Minnesota United and Atlanta United - and Phoenix Rising are hoping to eventually join them in the division.
MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott said in January that the Valley of the Sun has been on the league's radar for an expansion team for years.
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