MONTREAL: Didier Drogba launched his Major League Soccer career in style here Saturday, scoring a hat-trick on his first start for new club Montreal Impact in a 4-2 win over Chicago Fire.
The former Chelsea striker opened his goalscoring account in 21 minutes before Chicago battled back into the contest to take a 3-2 lead early in the second half.
But two typically clinical Drogba strikes just after the hour mark capped a memorable evening for the 37-year-old Ivory Coast legend, which was celebrated by presenting his jersey to a fan after the match.
“The crowd was amazing,” Drogba told reporters. “And, you know, this Man of the Match [trophy]that they gave me at the end, it’s for them. I give it to them.”
Drogba’s treble was the classic striker’s full house—one goal scored with his left boot, another with his right and another from his head.
It left interim Impact coach Mauro Biello purring with pleasure. “What can I say? What a performance from Didier,” Biello said.
“He’s such a committed person. He’s won everywhere.
“He came here with a great spirit, with such a will to win. And we saw that tonight.”
Nevertheless Drogba was not happy with his team’s display in the win.
“For me, it’s not a good result,” Drogba said. “The most important thing is that you get the three points, but when you look at the game itself, you know we’ve got a lot of things to change and to work on. There’s always room for improvement in this team.”