Announces His Arrival With Full-Page Newspaper Ad
MLS side LA Galaxy have formally announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joined the club. The news comes less than 24 hours after the Swede’s departure was confirmed from Manchester United.
“Coming to play in the United States, it is only fitting for me to join the most successful team in Major League Soccer, the LA Galaxy,” Ibrahimovic told Galaxy’s official website.
“I am excited to join a club with a winning legacy that has embodied soccer in Los Angeles for over 20 years. I would like to thank everyone at the club for making it possible to play for the LA Galaxy. I am looking forward to joining my teammates, playing at StubHub Center in front of our fans and helping our team compete this season.”
Ibrahimovic saw his 2016-17 campaign ended prematurely after he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury while playing for United in their Europa League tie against Anderlecht at Old Trafford in April. He made his comeback in the Premier League game with Newcastle United in November, but it wasn’t the same Zlatan that scored 28 goals for United last season. He scored just once in seven appearances following his return. Only two of those appearances came as a member of the starting line-up and in the second of those, against Burnley in a Premier League clash on Boxing Day, he was forced to go off at half-time. He didn’t play again for United.
“Adding one of the finest goal scorers in this sport’s history to our roster will tremendously help our club in the hunt for a sixth MLS Cup,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach Sigi Schmid. “As one of the winningest players of all time, we believe he’ll have a very positive impact on our team. We are confident that Zlatan can be one of the most dangerous strikers in our league and we are excited to integrate him into our club.”
Zlatan joins a Galaxy side that won their last MLS Cup in 2014 but which had the worst record in the league last season. They have won one and lost one of their two games in the 2018 season. Their next match is against Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday.
He joins using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), will occupy an International roster spot and will officially join the club pending receipt of a P1 Visa and ITC.
Ibrahimovic announced his arrival in typical fashion. He took out a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times which said:
“Dear Los Angeles, you’re welcome. Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”