Ibrahimovic Voted MLS Player Of The Week
LA Galaxy Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 22nd week of the 2018 MLS season.
LA Galaxy drew Los Angeles Football Club 2-2 at Banc of California Stadium on Thursday, with the help from Zlatan’s assist in the 82nd minute to make the score 2-1. Later that week on Sunday at the StubHub Center, Ibrahimovic recorded his first MLS hat trick along with an assist against Orlando City SC when the Galaxy defeated Orlando 4-3, increasing the team’s unbeaten streak to nine. With 17 games played this regular reason, Ibrahimovic is the league’s second top goal scorer with 15 goals. LA Galaxy sit third in the Western Conference with 35 points (10-7-5 overall record).
The forward began his impressive game when he assisted teammate Giovani dos Santos in the 39th minute to tie the game 1-1. Ibrahimovic scored his first of the match to equalize the game at 2-2 when he capitalized on teammate dos Santos’ high cross from the left side to head the ball into the back of the net. After Orlando grabbed the lead back, it was Zlatan once again who put LA Galaxy back into contention. He used a header to free teammate Ola Kamara who then sent a perfect cross back to Ibrahimovic where he sent a diving header beyond Orlando City SC goalkeeper Earl Edwards to make the score 3-3.
Zlatan displayed his goal scoring skills once again just four minutes later in the 71stminute with his third goal of the match, his first MLS hat trick. He capitalized on a defensive mis-clearance outside of the box to score off of a half volley into the left corner of the goal.
LA Galaxy return to action on Saturday, August 4 to face Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (9 p.m. ET, ESPN+).
The MLS Player of the Week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the North American Soccer Reporters. The organization includes print, television, radio and online journalists who cover domestic men's soccer in the United States and Canada.