Chelsea legend Didier Drogba continued his stellar start to life with the Montreal Impact on Saturday, scoring the game-winning goal in his side’s 1-0 victory at the Colorado Rapids.
The 37-year-old Designated Player netted a spectacular 30-yard free-kick in the 15th-minute to make it nine goals in nine MLS games since his summer arrival, as Montreal’s defence held firm for the rest of the game to seal three crucial points.
The Impact now enjoy a four-point lead over Orlando City SC for the Eastern Conference’s final play-off spot with just two matches of the regular campaign left, meaning a win at the New England Revolution next weekend will be enough to secure them their second-ever post-season appearance.
A recent 2-1 defeat at Orlando had led to fears that the expansion franchise could catch them over the coming weeks but the Canadian outfit now look to have the East’s sixth seed all but sown up thanks in large part to Drogba.
The former Ivory Coast international, who joined the club in July, is already their highest scorer this season and, if he carries his current form into late October and onwards, then Mauro Biello’s men might even be legitimate contenders for MLS Cup.