It was the shot heard round the world, a goal that went viral and properly announced Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s entrance into Major League Soccer.
And that famous long-distance volley on his debut with the LA Galaxy earned the Swedish legend 2018 MLS Goal of the Year honors.
The announcement was made on ExtraTime Radio on MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday afternoon, with Ibrahimovic the clear winner.
In case you need a reminder — and how could you really? — just six minutes after coming off the substitute’s bench to make his MLS debut, Ibrahimovic latched onto a ball that bounced off the grass following a 50-50 challenge and launched a swerving strike from 40 yards out over Tyler Miller’s head and into the back of the net for a dramatic equalizer as the Galaxy rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the first all-time meeting against LAFC on March 31.
Ibrahimovic, who on Monday was named MLS Newcomer of the Year, also headed in the stoppage-time winner that afternoon. He scored 22 times in his first season in MLS, but it was his first league goal that had the world buzzing.