Los Angeles Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left, of Sweden, celebrates his goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Los Angeles FC Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy won 4-3. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic draws a crowd.
And the Fire couldn’t be happier.
The newest MLS superstar is heading to town with the LA Galaxy for a Saturday match against the Fire at Toyota Park. The Fire announced Wednesday that the game is sold out.
Ibrahimovic, of Sweden, is considered one of the best players of his generation. When he went to England two years ago to play for Manchester United, Ibrahimovic was asked if he hoped to become king of the city.
“I’ll be the God of Manchester,” he said.
With Manchester United, Ibrahimovic was teammates with Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
After signing a two-year deal with the Galaxy last month, Ibrahimovic, 36, had a stunning MLS debut, coming off the bench to score twice in the last 20 minutes in a 4-3 victory over LAFC on March 31. On the first goal, he rocketed a shot from 40 yards, catching goalkeeper Tyler Miller off his line, to forge a tie in the 77th minute. Ibrahimovic then scored the winner on a header 20 seconds into stoppage time.
“The fans wanted Zlatan,” he told reporters in Los Angeles. “And I gave them Zlatan.”
Toyota Park parking lots open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and gates at 1:30 p.m. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30.
Toyota Park seats approximately 20,000, with additional standing room. The last Fire sellout was in September against New York City FC, a game that ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Fire (1-2-1) are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with four points. The Galaxy (2-2-1) are in third in the West.
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