So some giant Swede came to America last week and showed everyone how to do the soccer. Needless to say, people went nuts. Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his debut for the LA Galaxy over the weekend and made an immediate impact. Of course he did. The Zlatan debut goals had sports fans of all types absolutely buzzing Saturday afternoon.
After falling to a Megan Rapinoe-inspired Seattle Reign FC in Week 1, the Washington Spirit recorded a 2-0 win over the Orlando Pride in their home opener at Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturday.
Nearly 5,000 were on hand to watch 19-year-old USWNT forward Mallory Pugh open the scoring in the 80th minute with a blistering run that started just inside the halfway line. Pugh finished the move by nutmegging international compatriot Ashlyn Harris in goal.
A year and a half ago, Zlatan Ibrahimovic told the world that he’d been thinking about a move to North America. “It’s a huge option for me,” said the Manchester United striker. “For the football and everything else. I can see myself conquering the U.S. as I have with Europe. Lots of people stay in one place throughout their career, but I’ve travelled around like Napoleon, and conquered every new country where I’ve sat foot.
We thought it might be a dream, one of those real-enough-to-be-real but surreal-enough-to-be-a-dream dreams, but it isn't a dream. We were wide awake the whole time and ZLATAN IS HERE.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived in Los Angeles last night and was greeted by a throng of fans.
He then trained with his new club for the first time.
At first there was the phenomenon of the Hollywood player, when the likes of David Beckham and Thierry Henry migrated to the world of American soccer. No need to mention Zlatan here, that’s just sad, isn’t it? These larger-than-life players spending their final playing days on MLS pitches was entertaining, but not alarming. They didn’t barricade entry to other players — namely young, talented American players. The clubs did.
The LA Galaxy announced that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be available for training this Friday and could make his Galaxy debut on Saturday in the LA Clasico (a.k.a. El Trafico).
LA Galaxy announces Zlatan Ibrahimovic will train with team on Friday and be available for selection on Saturday vs LAFC on big FOX.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 28, 2018
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