Watch Didier Drogba score a hat-trick on his first MLS start

Didier Drogba marked his first Major League Soccer start with a perfect hat-trick as the Montreal Impact won 4-3 against the Chicago Fire.

Nigel Reo-Coker set up the former Chelsea striker for his first goal in the 27th minute and after Jeff Larentowicz equalised from a penalty, Wandrille Lefevre headed the Impact back in front.

The Fire went 3-2 up through Gilberto and Kennedy Igboananike but within six minutes, Drogba lashed home left-footed after Ignacio Piatti’s quick free-kick and then nodded home his third after his initial shot was well saved by Sean Johnson.

Clint Dempsey starred on his return to the Seattle Sounders line-up as they beat Toronto FC 2-1.

The former Fulham and Tottenham forward set up the opening goal for strike partner Obafemi Martins in the sixth minute and, after former Sounder Eriq Zavaleta equalised for Toronto, Dempsey scored Seattle’s winner after Martins’ shot was parried.

The win takes Seattle third in the Western Conference while Toronto lie fifth in the East, three points behind the New England Revolution who beat Orlando City 3-0.

Diego Fagundez opened the scoring shortly before half-time but it was not until the 84th minute that the Revs made the game safe through Juan Agudelo. Chris Tierney added a third in stoppage time.

Conor Casey scored twice, including an 86th-minute winner, as the Philadelphia Union beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1. The Quakes had led through Chris Wondolowski’s goal.


More in this Section

Talking points ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier in SwitzerlandTalking points ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Switzerland

Mick McCarthy claims the pressure is all on SwitzerlandMick McCarthy claims the pressure is all on Switzerland

All Blacks were all smiles, selfies, jokes and big laughs. Until nowAll Blacks were all smiles, selfies, jokes and big laughs. Until now

Roberto Moreno urges Spain to win final three Euro 2020 qualifiersRoberto Moreno urges Spain to win final three Euro 2020 qualifiers


Lifestyle

My sister Gabriella always says that during sibling whispers all I ever wanted was to be on stage.This Much I Know: Man of many talents Mike Hanrahan

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman whose husband is controlling and belittling her.Ask a counsellor: ‘My husband is so controlling – what do I do?’

Peter Dowdall branches out to take a look at the mountain ash or rowan.Rowan berries show us how nature is stocking its larder for winter

More From The Irish Examiner