Drogba, who is now playing with Phoenix Rising FC in the USL, unleashed a wicked shot from approximately 35 yards in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Galaxy II. The ball hit the upper corner for a goal. Galaxy II keeper Clement Diop didn’t have a chance.
Following the Galaxy’s 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy II (2-5-1, seven points) made it a perfect 2-for-2 with their 2-1 victory over New York Red Bulls II.
After allowing an early goal, Adonis Amaya (49th minute) and Justin Dhillon (72nd) scored the goals for Galaxy II to preserve the victory.
Nathan Smith started in defense for LA Galaxy II. Smith might be back with first team next week with Bradley Diallo getting sent off with two yellow cards in the Galaxy’s 3-1 victory against the Red Bulls.
“I’m really, really happy for the team,” coach Mike Munoz said. “Obviously it’s been a tough couple weeks. We asked for a response, we asked for a reaction. Even going a goal down, the boys fought for 90 minutes and we thoroughly deserved to get the three points today.”
The starting 11 for LA Galaxy II averaged 19.7 years of age.
Didier Drogba, who last played with the Montreal Impact, has resurfaced with Phoenix Rising FC in the USL as player-owner.
Drogba, 39, will play with the club and then transition into an executive role with the MLS expansion franchise ownership group.
Phoenix Rising FC has a star-studded roster. Along with Drogba, the likes of former England national team and Premier League player Shaun Wright-Phillips and Mexican national team veteran Omar Bravo are also on the roster. Former Galaxy coach Frank Yallop is the coach.
Phoenix Rising FC is one of 12 groups bidding to win an MLS expansion berth.
If you’re interested, Phoenix Rising FC comes to StubHub Center May 27 and Aug. 5 to face Galaxy II and July 8 and Aug. 18 they will face Orange County Soccer club at Great Park in Irvine.