NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Might two more international soccer stars be coming to MLS?
According to British newspaper The Telegraph and later reported by NBCSports’ Pro Soccer Talk, New York City FC may be in the mix to land legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
In addition, reports overseas have said that long-time Italian national team star Andrea Pirlo is mulling a possible move to MLS.
Drogba, 37, played his final game for Chelsea on Saturday, a 3-1 win over Sunderland in which he was carried off the field by his teammates. He later told the club’s website, “In order to play more football I feel I need to go to another club. I want to play for at least one more season.”
It is believed that Drogba would like to play for NYCFC, The Telegraph reported, though it was not immediately known if the MLS expansion team had made an offer. NYCFC is no stranger to international stars as it already has former Barcelona striker David Villa and is expected to get Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard next month.
Drogba, Ivory Coast’s all-time leading scorer, scored 104 goals in 254 appearances during two stints with Chelsea, first from 2004-12 and then during the 2014-15 season.
Pirlo, who led Italy to the 2006 World Cup championship and is generally recognized as one of the greatest midfielders to ever play, has received an offer from a North American team, Pro Soccer Talk reported.
The 36-year-old playmaker played his first 10 years with Serie A’s AC Milan before moving to powerhouse Juventus in 2011. He has 13 goals in 113 career appearances for the Italian national team.
“I won’t stop playing; I’ll go on as long as I have the same great desire to keep training every day,” he said. “Juventus will be my last Serie A team, whatever happens. MLS could be an idea, but for the moment I don’t have anything; Juve are the only thing on my mind.”
NYCFC has had a rough go of it in its inaugural MLS season, winning just once in 12 matches (1-7-4), scoring a total of just nine goals.