Ibrahimovic Gives LA Some ‘Zlatan’
Zlatan Ibrahimovic only needed 20 minutes to prove he is the perfect fit for Los Angeles, and American soccer.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic needed just twenty minutes to prove he is the perfect star that Los Angeles, and American soccer in general needs for the world game to be relevant in the United States.
With his LA Galaxy team trailing 3-1 (after being 3-0 down), Zlatan came off the bench in the 71st minute, and had an absolute dream debut to remember, against LA’s new soccer team - Los Angeles FC.
After teammate Chris Pontius pegged a goal back to make the score 3-2 and give the Galaxy some hope, Zlatan took matters into his own hands, equalising with this absolute screamer, sending his new team’s fans into raptures:
But of course, Zlatan’s day was not over yet. With just seconds remaining, the Swedish striker positioned himself perfectly to head home the match-winner, completing an amazing comeback to give the Galaxy a 4-3 win.
When asked about his stunning debut goal, Zlatan had an honest, yet hilarious explanation, “I said, ‘this time I shoot, I don’t run with the ball’. That’s the ball that went in. I said I will save strength to play another 15 minutes. I gave them Zlatan”.
After a fruitful career in Amsterdam, Milan, Barcelona, Paris and Manchester, Zlatan’s confidence and outrageous skills seem like the perfect fit for LA, and Major League Soccer.
In a year where Team USA failed to qualify for the World Cup, the onus is on soccer in the US to remain relevant. Maybe they just need more Zlatan.
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