Former Chelsea striker and Ivory Coast national team captain Didier Drogba has signed for Montreal Impact, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club announced on Monday, joining a growing list of famous international players in the MLS.

    Drogba, who was part of the Chelsea team that won the English Premier League title in May, has joined Montreal in a trade with the Chicago Fire, which had his MLS rights.

    "It's an honour to welcome Didier Drogba to the Impact," said team president Joey Saputo.

    "This is one of the biggest days in club history and his arrival to the club will be beneficial in every aspect." 

    The 37-year-old Ivorian joins an MLS roster that includes Englishmen Steven Gerrard (Los Angeles) and Frank Lampard (New York City), Brazilian Kaka (Orlando), Spaniard David Villa (New York City) and Italian Andrea Pirlo (New York City).

    Drogba left Chelsea after playing 381 games and winning four Premier League titles across two stints with the Stamford Bridge club. He twice won the Golden Boot for top scorer, and in 2012 scored the equalising goal and subsequent winning penalty kick that earned Chelsea the Champions League title in the final against Bayern Munich.

    Drogba was mainly was used as a substitute last season.

    The terms of his deal with Montreal were not announced and there is no word yet on when he will make his debut.

    Drogba will be a designated player, which means his wages will not be restricted by the team's salary cap.

    Montreal are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference with 24 points from 18 games.

BSP in Haryana, Maharashtra poll fray

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Sep 11, 2014 12:16 IST

After failing to open an accountin the Lok Sabha elections, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party is testing waters in Haryana and Maharashtra where assembly elections are due later this year.
 
It has decided to go alone in Maharashtra despite an alliance offer by NCP and has projected a former Congress MP as its chief ministerial candidate in Haryana.
 
Mayawati said she has made it clear to Sharad Pawar that her party will go alone in the assembly elections due in four states in the coming months.
 
"The NCP leader (Pawar) did not talk to me directly. But he had to BSP's general secretary Satish Misra. I had told Misra that there is no harm in talking. But I asked him to make it clear that BSP will have no alliance with Congress or NCP," Mayawati told a press conference here.
 
She said her party will have no electoral alliance with any party in the four states going for assembly polls.
 
The terms of the state assemblies of Haryana, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand are coming to an end between October this year and January, 2015.
 
The BSP chief also announced the entry of former Congress MP from Haryana Arvind Sharma into the party fold and said he would be projected as the chief ministerial candidate in the assembly elections.
 
"Most of the chief ministers of Haryana have been from the Jat community. They have often ignored the interests of other communities. At times people from other communities have also been exploited.

"Therefore, BSP has decided to project Sharma, a Brahmin, as its chief ministerial candidate in Haryana. If we come to power, we will follow our policy of Uttar Pradesh and work for the betterment of all communities," she said.

 

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