Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his arrival in Major League Soccer with two goals on his debut including an injury-time victor as the Los Angeles Galaxy fought back from three goals down to beat Los Angeles FC 4-3. Ibrahimovic, who came on as a substitute in the 71st minute, scored six minutes into his first MLS game with a dipping 35-metre shot before heading home the victor in the 91st minute, sending the sell-out crowd of 27,068 into a frenzy on a sun-soaked day in Southern California.
Speaking after the victory, via the Independent, the 36-year-old was full of his characteristic cockiness, claiming: "I heard the crowd saying "We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan".
"I gave them Zlatan", Ibrahimovic said.
"If you look back, every team I played for, I scored in my first official game". A Daniel Steres own goal would make it 3-0 to FC at the Stubhub Center before the Galaxy struck back in an awesome 15 minute spell through goals from Sebastian Lleget, Chris Pontius and then Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Gyasi Zardes put the Crew up in the 29th minute.
Chicago and Portland drew 2-2 at Toyota Park.
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"He was a huge talent, back then he did things mostly on his own but now he reads the game in a completely different way and gets in much better positions", he added. It's the same actually what I said to our players.
"It's easier to play when you have fans pushing you, supporting you and giving you that little bit extra you need".
Sean Johnson made nine saves, five after the 60th minute to preserve City's lead. I was feeling everything, jet lag, I hadn't played for a long time, I did the first sprint and I started to breathe immediately. Teal Bunbury scored for the Revs in the 15th minute with Cristian Penilla doubling the lead in the 71st.
Houston's DaMarcus Beasley was sent off in the 35th minute for the denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
Ibrahimovic signed with Galaxy for two years and will earn $1.5 million a season, 96 percent less than what he earned at Manchester United. "I said I will save strength to play another 15 minutes".
Badji opened the scoring in the 53rd minute with a left-footed stab that was set up by Jack Price's corner and Tommy Smith's header flick. The Sounders went a man down with a red card to Kelvin Leerdam in the 40th minute.