Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has joined United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising as a player and executive.
Phoenix currently play in the second tier of US soccer, but as part of his executive role Drogba will be charged with helping the franchise secure one of four Major League Soccer expansion places.
The 39-year-old had been without a club since leaving Montreal Impact last year.
In a statement on the club’s official website, Drogba said: “I have taken my time in deciding what I wanted to do next and am really excited about the opportunity at Phoenix Rising FC.
“After seeing first hand the potential for expansion of the sport in North America and getting to know the ownership group in Phoenix, I am convinced that I can help them develop their organization on and off the pitch.
“I look forward to their continued success in the USL, and no city is better positioned than Phoenix for expansion into the MLS.”
A club statement added: “Today, Phoenix Rising Football Club announced that legendary striker Didier Drogba has joined its MLS expansion franchise ownership group and will have a vested interest in the ongoing success of the USL side of the club.
“As part of the deal, Drogba will help develop the team as a player before advancing to an executive role with the Phoenix MLS expansion franchise.”