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UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
2 Orange Count 14 5 6 47
3 Phoenix 13 5 6 44
4 Sacramento 12 7 7 43
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Drogba's sip of magic water

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 By Chris Wright

Phoenix Rising's JJ Johnson scores overhead kick wonder goal

With player-owner Didier Drogba away at the World Cup on punditry duty, Phoenix Rising FC did their absent boss proud by thrashing Tulsa Roughnecks in the USL on Saturday evening.

The goal of the game came mere minutes before half-time when JJ Johnson put Phoenix 2-0 up with an absolute scorcher of an overhead kick.

In fact, the goal was so good that his club felt the need to pay homage to the Jamaican striker on social media.

Sensational technique!

Phoenix went on to register a convincing 3-0 win...

 By AAP

Swansea City, Phoenix Rising owners back Gold Coast United's A-League bid

The ESPN panel in London are skeptical of Australia ahead of the World Cup with Bert van Marwijk's defensive mindset and an aging squad.
Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine hails "leader" Tim Cahill as the veteran has been included in the preliminary Australia World Cup 2018 squad.

Gold Coast United's case for an A-League return has been bolstered after securing in-principle backing from two American investors with links to clubs around the world.

The reformed franchise submitted its expression of interest in joining an expanded A-League to Football Federation Australia on Wednesday, and will be supported in the next part of the process by Brett Johnson and Jordan Gardner.

Johnson is co-chairman of second-tier United States outfit Phoenix Rising, while Gardner is a shareholder...

 By Chris Wright

Chelsea, Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba praises artist's incredibly lifelike portrait

While many players have to make do with questionable statues, Didier Drogba has had the good fortune to have his likeness captured by a skilled artist who actually seems to be familiar with the veteran Phoenix Rising striker.

Mac Ryan shared a photo of his amazingly realistic painting of Drogba on social media, while asking the man himself what he thought of it.

It wasn't long before Drogba replied, the former Chelsea hero commending the artist for his superb brushwork.

"Huge! Thank you for this...

 By Chris Wright

Didier Drogba's sip of magic water leads to key goal in Phoenix Rising win

Didier Drogba pitched in with a late assist and a winning goal as his Phoenix Rising side narrowly beat LA Galaxy II  in the United Soccer League on Friday evening.

The Ivorian veteran provided the corner for Phoenix's 71st-minute equaliser, but not before taking a swig from a bottle of water belonging to one of the ball boys at pitchside.

Indeed, the water proved so decisive that Drogba celebrated the resulting goal by tipping the rest of the bottle all over him as the incredulous commentator...

 By Ian Holyman

Didier Drogba to retire at end of season with Phoenix Rising

Didier Drogba joined Phoenix Rising in April 2017.

Didier Drogba he will bring the curtain down on his playing career at the end of his upcoming campaign with Phoenix Rising.

The former Ivory Coast international celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday and, 20 years after he made his professional debut at Le Mans, he told Telefoot he will hang up his boots at the end of the USL campaign.

"It's really a pleasure for me to play," he said. "I started late at the top level. I really enjoy playing. I like my role of owner-player a lot. I'm surrounded by...