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Forget Lampard, Gerrard & Pirlo - Didier Drogba proves why he's better than all of them in MLS

The veteran attacker scored his ninth goal in nine appearances for Montreal Impact yesterday.

Image: David Zalubowski/AP/Press Association Images

IT’S A ONE-MAN show in Montreal these days.

Yesterday, the city’s MLS side – the Impact – beat Colorado Rapids (who were without Kevin Doyle but did have Sean St. Ledger at centre-back) thanks to a solitary strike from 37-year-old Didier Drogba.

He curled a free-kick around the wall and inside Luis Solignac’s near post after 15 minutes and the visitors held out to claim all three points.

It was Drogba’s ninth goal for the franchise in seven starts and his presence has had a telling effect on the club. With him leading the line, Montreal have lost just once and won five.

With Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo’s New York City FC enduring an underwhelming debut campaign and Steven Gerrard not carrying much of an influence at LA Galaxy, Drogba stands out as the best high-profile recruit in MLS this year.

Sebastian Giovinco has been the standout performer overall – single-handedly dragging Toronto to the play-offs – but his arrival didn’t quite carry the same level of stardust and celebration as others.


This latest victory means Montreal hold on to the last play-off spot in the Eastern Conference with just a few games left in the regular season.

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Eoin O'Callaghan

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