Zlatan Ibrahimovic introduced himself to MLS in a way only he could, scoring twice to cap an epic comeback by the LA Galaxy.
The Galaxy were 3-0 down two-thirds of the way into the first El Trafico and all hope seemed lost. Alas, after scoring two goals and making a comeback manageable, all hope in the galaxy was restored thanks to Him. He, the almighty zLAtan Ibrahimovic, swooped in and saved the day — all while introducing himself to America. To many, the task seemed simply impossible, but if one were to ask the lion himself, he would say it was destiny.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his MLS debut in the Galaxy’s biggest game of the season to date, the first derby against LAFC. When he came on in the 71st minute, it seemed as if the fate of the Galaxy was sealed. However, a second goal for the home team two minutes after Ibrahimovic’s substitution saw LAFC’s lead cut to one. And then it happened. On his first shot with his new team, Ibrahimovic scored an absolute screamer to put the two clubs on level terms.
Tensions began to rise as one more goal for either side would decide the first installment of El Trafico. Ibra wasn’t done yet. In classic Ibrahimovic fashion, the Swede scored a stoppage time header to seal a fourth goal in 30 minutes for the Galaxy.
Heading into El Trafico, many wondered if Ibrahimovic would even make an appearance. However, he did much more than that. In fact, Ibrahimovic etched his name into LA Galaxy history just 20 minutes into his American debut. As if Ibrahimovic was not unforgettable already, March 31, 2018 will be a day Galaxy fans never forget. Ibrahimovic’s winner was destiny. If there’s any doubt of it, just check the newspaper ad he bought amid his transfer. He’s not arrogant, just confident.