Didier Drogba leads Phoenix Rising to first ever Western Conference finals

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Michael Rincon
The former Chelsea star continued his fine form in the playoffs by helping the Arizona outfit avenge last year's exit

Didier Drogba scored a goal and provided an assist as Phoenix Rising defeated Swope Park Rangers 4-2 to book a place in the 2018 United Soccer League Western Conference finals.

After netting a stunning 40-yard free-kick in Phoenix's last victory over Portland Timbers II, the African legend inspired his side to avenge last season's quarter-final loss with an impressive performance in front of a sold out Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex crowd.

Jason Johnson broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute. However, it was cut short with as Swope Park Rangers equalised four minutes later.

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The visitors fired themselves ahead in the 33rd minute but Drogba assisted Chris Cortez's 36th-minute leveller.

Kevon Lambert, after the restart, put the hosts ahead again with his before a last-gasp effort by Drogba wrapped up the win as Rick Schantz's men await the winner between Orange County SC and Reno 1868 for next month's final showdown.

The 40-year-old has now notched six goals in 10 outings for his second-tier club this term.

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