Zlatan Ibrahimovic eventually scored the winner for LA Galaxy after being denied by an exceptional save from the Chicago Fire goalkeeper.
Major League Soccer returned from its long break this past weekend, meaning there was also the return of football’s cockiest son, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The former Manchester United striker took to the American top flight like a duck to water last season, scoring a ridiculous 22 goals in 27 appearances, which he kicked off by helping LA Galaxy to a scarcely believable comeback over local rivals LAFC.
With the start of a new campaign, Zlatan will be gunning for major honours, and will have notions of being the division’s top scorer by the end.
Chicago Fire goalkeeper David Ousted did his best to thwart the Swede on Sunday however, pulling off an incredible save with just over twenty minutes to go in the game.
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The opportunity appears to be a gimme for Ibrahimovic, but the Danish ‘keeper stops the forward’s effort by adjusting mid-air to tip the ball over the bar.
Ousted’s manoeuvre is quite impressive considering he has to basically change direction to get to the ball, although he is helped by Zlatan chesting it towards the line rather than heading it. He’s just too damn tall.
Zlatan would end up scoring the winner though, heading past Ousted in the 80th minute to secure a 2-1 victory for Galaxy and gain the first three points of the season.
Elsewhere, Nani made his MLS debut for Orlando City, contributing in the build-up for Tesho Akindele’s equaliser in a 2-2 draw with New York City FC.