Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy continued their successful start to the fresh MLS season. LA beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0; Ibrahimovic had a huge impact on the match, assisting the first goal before scoring the second.
After a season of goals in the MLS last season, Ibrahimovic has found his scoring boots early again this year. The 37-year-old striker has four goals in three games so far this season, proving his ruthless scoring ability yet again. The win on Friday over Vancouver was the third consecutive victory for the Galaxy, who have 12 points and a 4-0-1 record early in the season.
The quick start was just what the Galaxy and their fan base needed after the disappointment of the 2018 season. Last year, LA was able to crack the top six in the West, resulting in the Galaxy missing the playoffs in Ibrahimovic’s first season. This year, things are moving in a much more positive direction.
LA’s roster has a very interesting dynamic, leaving many to believe that this season will be a special one for the Galaxy. Along with a number of solid domestic players, the Galaxy have compiled a number of experienced international veterans, and it appears as if this is the season that the two groups of players will finally mesh. Players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romain Alessandrini look like they are getting used to the styles that slightly less developed players like Sebastian Lletget are bringing to the pitch. This understanding will only get better and improve as the season plays out.
LA has looked like a new, more dangerous team this season in the early going. The Galaxy take on the Philadelphia Union in their next fixture with the chance to win five of the first six games of their season.