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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finally landed in the MLS, agreeing to terms with the LA Galaxy after two years with Manchester United. He only arrived in Los Angeles Thursday and worked out with the team for the first time on Friday, and but still made his anticipated match debut for the Galaxy Saturday against crosstown rival Los Angeles FC.
Ibrahimovic did not start the game, but he came off the bench in the 71st minute with the Galaxy trailing 3-1. He played a quick part in controlling possession in the lead up to Chris Pontius' goal to make it 3-2, then Ibrahimovic game through to tie the game with a 40-yard boot of an side-volley. If head coach Sigi Schmid wanted a spark for a comeback, he found it very quickly upon putting Ibrahimovic on the field.
Then during stoppage time, Ibrahimovic scored again on a header to give the Galaxy a 4-3 victory in first edition of the rivalry dubbed El Trafico.
Fans were chanting “we want Zlatan” in the second half, and Ibrahimovic didn't disappoint after taking the field. After the game, his quote game didn't disappoint either.
“They were saying, ‘We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan,’ so I gave them Zlatan.”
Galaxy fans are surely looking forward to seeing a lot more Zlatan, even if he has set an unrepeatable standard with an impactful, stirring and dramatic MLS debut.