Montreal Impact striker, Didier Drogba, led the resilient attack of the team that forced a draw with Columbus Crew SC despite their lead.
The draw sent Montreal Impact to the top of the table. Columbus were sitting pretty while holding a three-goal lead early in the second half at MAPFRE Stadium but the Montreal Impact mounted an impressive comeback to grab a share of the points in an improbable 4-4 draw.
Kei Kamara scored the first in the 16th minute for Columbus but the Ex-Chelsea centre forward assisted Ignacio Piatti as he equalized for Impact ten minutes later. Before the first half ended, Kei Kamara scored in the extra minutes sending the hosts into wild jubilation.
The second half started with the 2-1 score line but changed very quickly in the 48th minute when Federico Higuain (Napoli’s Higuain elder brother) scored his first of the game. The goal increased the lead for the hosts and nobody would have expected what happened next as all was well for a deserved victory.
In the 53rd minute, Crew SC won a penalty and Federico Higuain took the kick and converted but there were arguments as Federico Higuain didn’t allow Kei Kamara score his first career hat-trick. Same Kamara had been confirmed to be traded by MLSSoccer before Wednesday’s MLS trade deadline.
Manager Gregg Berhalter admitted at Tuesday’s training session that there’s plenty of interest as Wednesday’s MLS trade deadline approaches. He said: Read more »
Didier Drogba spoke excitedly to reporters after his first goal this season against Chicago in the Major League soccer. The 38-year old Ivorian had only played as a substitute twice in his first six weeks of the MLS season, Didier Drogba is hoping to start his first match of 2016 when his Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact host Canadian rivals Toronto FC this weekend.
“I’m improving. It was good to play those minutes, but now I need to push in the training sessions to make sure I’m ready to start.
“Maybe not 90 [minutes], but at least start and play 60 or 70. It depends how long I can rely on my legs,” Drogba said.
Drogba played for English giant, Chelsea FC after his switch from Marseille for 38.5 million Euros. He played from 2004 till he left on a high in 2012. He had a brief stint in China before moving to Turkish side, Galatasaray. Jose Mourinho gave him an opportunity in the 2014 season as they linked up again successfully before the centre-forward moved to MLS side, Montreal Impact.
The player has been battling a chronically sore knee since the preseason. The club decided not to play him just to be safe especially on artificial turf. This effectively ruled the striker him out for four of the new season’s first five games.
Drogba made his debut off the bench this season in the game against FC Dallas, playing the final 20 minutes of the 2-0 loss. Last weekend in Chicago, he entered just after halftime and scored a spectacular equalizer in Montreal’s 2-1, come-from-behind win.
Since arriving in July last season, the striker has 12 goals to his credit. Read more »
Morten Olsen began coaching the Danish national football team back in 1999 as he replaced Bo Johansson and a few years later Olsen managed to push Denmark to the qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and they managed to make it into the round of 16 where they had to face off with England and ultimately lost 0-3.
From there on out, Morten Olsen has been extending his contract as the coach of the Danish national side but his time at the helm is reaching it’s end as the veteran manager stated that he will not be extending his stay any further after the upcoming 2016 Euro’s reaches it’s end.
Denmark’s Morten Olsen said: “After 19 years as a player and 16 years as coach, it is an emotionally delicate decision to take. I feel good about it, and there are two reasons for that: I do not want the distraction of people discussing ‘is he staying or is he going?’.
And the DBU will get more time to find a replacement.Now we can all focus on what it is really about qualifying for the final tournament in France. I am looking forward to the last 16 months. We have a fantastic spirit in the team, and a fantastic staff around the team. Everyone knows it is not a one-man show.” Read more »
The French side Le Mans was the initiation of Didier Drogba’s career at the professional stage and it was a very difficult start for the attacker hailing from Ivory Coast as he was hampered with injuries and his family life made it very difficult for the player as he was a father at the age of 21 which was the same time when he signed his first contract with Le Mans.
Even with all of those initial struggles and obstacles that Didier Drogba faced during first few years, the player managed to overcome all the odds and turn into one of the best forwards in the history of the Premier League and for Chelsea as well.
After having played for over 16 years with some of the biggest clubs and players in the world, Didier Drogba is well aware that his playing career is reaching it’s last few phases and this is why he recently has been saying words of wisdom to his fellow teammates and helping out the younger players in the start of their careers.
“When I was younger I was training with amateur teams once or twice a week and going to school.I was 22 or 23 when a friend told me to focus on football for six months eating well, no clubbing, sleeping well, going to train. It did work. Read more »
Chelsea suffered one of the most embarrassing FA Cup defeats of all times after a 4-2 loss at the hands of Bradford City.
They have crashed out of the FA Cup this season at fourth round stage, but the blues could be looking at yet another cup upset in the space of just a few days. They take on Liverpool in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge. After having failed at the similar stage only last season, Chelsea will be aware of winning the match in order to let the confidence stay within the team.
Striker Didier Drogba says that the blues should do a lot better than they did against Bradford on Saturday. The 36-year-old was one of the starters against the League One team, but he was not able to impact much despite playing along with another striker in the form of Loic Remy. Read more »
It looks like the ongoing season is going to mark the end of Didier Drogba’s trophy-filled career at Stamford Bridge.
The Ivorian legend himself said the other day that he has only one season left now and he wants to make it special.
In a recent interview, the veteran was quoted as saying, “I have had a number of wonderful seasons over here. I don’t think I have enjoyed myself more anywhere else than at Chelsea.”
“One more season is left and hopefully, this would be the same. I am looking to have as much fun as possible with the guys and also, to clinch titles.”
“There is nothing that I haven’t won with Chelsea. But, I want to do it all over again this season. It would be so nice to be able to create history as we had done in 2012.”
Drogba has not played as the central striker for the Blues anyway since rejoining the club.
It’s Diego Costa who has been Chelsea’s main man upfront and now, there are rumours that Jose Mourinho, the manager of the side, is planning to add an emerging youngster i.e. Anderson Talisca to his attacking line.
Talisca is contracted to Benfica at this point of time. Chelsea’s rival clubs including Liverpool are also interested in the teenager who is an all round player.
Talisca is enormously effective as an attacking playmaker, but, he has shown his credentials as forward as well a few times playing for Bahia (a Brazilian club) and for Benfica.
Talisca’s arrival would mean that there is no place for Drogba in the starting XI of Chelsea and in that scenario, there is very less possibility that Mourinho would give contract extension to the Ivorian at the end of the season.