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Didier Drogba continued his impressive start in MLS last night

The veteran has been well-managed by Montreal Impact and kept fresh.

Image: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP/Press Association Images

MONTREAL IMPACT HAVE been handling Didier Drogba with care since the veteran striker arrived in Major League Soccer and it’s paying off.

The 37-year-old has been part of the squad since the 1st August but last night made only his third start for the Canadian side but helped them to a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution.

The former Chelsea attacker scored once and added a further assist to make it four goals in four appearances for the Eastern Conference outfit.

Drogba’s strike certainly had more than a hint of good fortune about it – his long-range free-kick taking a huge deflection off Kelyn Rowe and completely wrong-footing Revs’ goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

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But his setup for Montreal’s third goal was worth the price of admission alone. He delicately controlled a long punt up-field from Evan Bush – the magnetic first-touch was just incredible – before he played a perfect pass for Duka to take it in his stride and finish to the corner.

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The top-six teams in both divisions(East and West) qualify for the post-season play-offs so the victory for Montreal leaves them in sixth place in the Eastern Conference – two points clear of the high-profile New York City FC whose acquisitions of Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa still may not be enough to get them to the business end of the season.

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