Chelsea legend Didier Drogba scored on his Phoenix Rising debut as they defeated Whitecaps FC.
The 39-year-old scored the opener on the 44th minute as the American club he captains and co-owns beat Whitecaps FC II 2-1.
Here it is. pic.twitter.com/mAzWzJESJd
— Phoenix Rising FC (@PHXRisingFC) June 11, 2017
The Chelsea legend dedicated the goal to his former Ivory Coast team-mate Cheick Tiote, who died on Monday aged 30.
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New chapter, new Team, new friends, the game is still beautiful @phxrisingfc I wanna dedicate this win to @tiote_official who passed away few days ago while doing what he loved, playing football. My thoughts and condolences to his family 🙏🏾🙏🏾 Premier but dans cette nouvelle aventure avec un goût spécial, je dédis ce but et cette victoire à un de nos plus vaillant éléphant Champion d'Afrique @tiote_official à jamais dans nos cœurs Champion @tiote_official 💔 Fortes pensées à toute la famille et à toute la Côte d'Ivoire et l'Afrique qui pleure un des leurs.
Interestingly, the assist for the winning goal in the 2-1 win was set up by a former Blues winger, Shaun Wright-Phillips.
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) June 11, 2017