Didier Drogba's Phoenix Rising Lost USL Cup Final Louisville City Informer Chelsea Star Final Match



Cote d'Ivoire helped raise his side to the final, but the longtime Blues star could not close his trophy career

Didier Drogba's famous career ended in defeat Thursday night as Phoenix Rising fell to Louisville City in the final of the USL Cup.

The second half of Luke Spencer in Louisville City was only enough Thursday night when Drogba and Phoenix fell 1-0 in the Ivory Coast final match.

Drogba scored three goals in three games to help lead the Phoenix into the final, including the amazing free kick in the team's opening squad.

Former star Chelsea has announced she will be back in March, calling for a career break, which also stopped in Le Mans, Guingamp, Marseille, Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray and Montreal Impact.

The defeat marks the end of the Drogb full-time career that included four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a Super League crown and the most memorable 2011-12 Champions League that saw Côte d'Ivoire's late equalizer score before winning a title with Cheslea in the shootout.

Drogba reached 10 goals in 14 games in his debut season in the second quarter of the US before he scored five goals in nine regular season games of this campaign.

On Thursday, the first half ended before the visitors broke through 62 minutes after shooting from a corner in front of the corner kick.

After several deformations, blocks and finishing, the end of Spencer's ball ended, which fired into the lower corner to lead Louisville City into the lead.

The victory saw Louisville City capture the second consecutive crown league after topping Swope Park Rangers in the USL Cup final in 2017.

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Phoenix Rising, who counts Drogba as one of several owners, played in his first final.


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