''Not only for me but for the players and the staff and the fans as well, I think it's very important to bring something different to the game,'' Wright-Phillips said of Drogba.
''He also lifts up everybody and expects everyone to play to their potential, which is fantastic for the team and the club.'' Sellers had asked as much as $100 per ticket to the recently constructed Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, which sits on Salt River Pima-Maricopa tribal land next to two major freeways, to watch Drogba's debut.
''I'm really happy for all of you who had the pleasure to see such a player.'' Drogba, who after leaving English Premier League superclub Chelsea for the first time in 2012 played in Turkey and China, joined the Montreal Impact of MLS following one last season in London.
He had offers to continue playing or coaching at the start of this season, but after meeting Rising governor Berke Bakay and coming to Arizona for a tour and meeting, joined the club in a unique capacity.
Phoenix defeated the Canadian club 2-1 in a regular season league match.