The former Chelsea star also claimed an assist in his side’s 2-1 win over Whitecaps FC 2

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba scored a trademark header to mark a brilliant Phoenix Rising debut on Saturday, before dedicating the 2-1 win over Whitecaps FC 2 to Cheick Tiote.

The Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend opened the scoring late in the first half, before laying on an assist for Shaun Wright-Phillips to grab the winner.

Drogba’s former international teammate Tiote tragically passed away on Monday after collapsing during training in China.

The striker took to Instagram to post a tribute to the ex-Newcastle midfielder following his side’s win.

“I want to dedicate this win to Cheick Tiote who passed away a few days ago while doing what he loved, playing football,” he wrote.

“My thoughts and condolences go to his family.”

Drogba joined the USL side in April as a player and co-owner of the club after leaving Montreal Impact in November 2016.

He enjoyed two spells at Chelsea, where he won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and secured that memorable Champions League triumph.

He is also Ivory Coast’s record goalscorer, netting 65 times in 104 appearances for the national side.

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