Zlatan Ibrahimovic has introduced himself to MLS fans in the most emphatic way possible.
The Swedish legend his free transfer to LA Galaxy from Manchester United this week, and was introduced from the bench in the inaugural LA derby against newly-formed Los Angeles FC.
The match, however, was not at all going to plan for the home side, as they found themselves 3-0 down to LA FC early in the second half (thanks, in part, to former Arsenal and Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela).
Sebastian Giovinco got the comeback ball rolling by pulling one back on the hour mark, and when Ibrahimovic was introduced with twenty minutes remaining, and Chris Pontuis scored a second for the Galaxy, the home side sensed that the comeback was on and that the tie was not yet over.
Still, even in their wildest dreams they could not have imagined that, just six minutes into his debut and in his firt competitive match since late December, he would score a goal of the season contender. The ball fell for Zlatan at just the right height to unleash a dipping half-volley from fully 40 yards, sailing over visiting keeper Tyler Mller
Zlatan with a stunner on debut for @LAGalaxy this man is a joke. This is straight out the top draw
— Simon Cox (@SCoxy31Real) March 31, 2018
Holy shit. Zlatan’s goal a beauty too.
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) March 31, 2018
As if that wasn’t enough to instantly endear him to Galaxy supporters, Ibrahimovic scored a late winner to make it 4-3 just as it looked as if the game was heading for a draw, heading home a cross from former Chelsea and England left-back Ashley Cole.
All in all, not a bad first match in the US for Ibra.