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Zlatan Ibrahimovic to miss MLS All-Star Game, sit out Galaxy’s next match

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos (8) leaps on the back of forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) after scoring against the Orlando City at StubHub Center Sunday. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

After an electrifying performance against Orlando City, LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the MLS All-Star Game.

The Galaxy stated in a news release due to the club’s three matches in a week and the travel required to participate in the all-star game being played in Atlanta, Ibrahimovic will remain in Los Angeles.

Ibrahimovic’s absence triggers an MLS policy that requires a player selected for the all-star game who misses the event to sit out his club’s next match. Ibrahimovic will miss the Galaxy’s next match, which is Aug. 4 against the Colorado Rapids. 

“I am disappointed to miss the 2018 All-Star Game against Juventus, one of my former clubs,” Ibrahimovic said in a statement released by the Galaxy. “I want to thank the fans for voting me to the team. My main focus is to score goals and help the LA Galaxy to the playoffs.”

The Galaxy are currently riding a nine match unbeaten streak and Ibrahimovic has 10 goals and three assists during that stretch. He has four goals and three assists within the three games the Galaxy played this week: a goal and an assist in Philadelphia against the Union, an assist playing at LAFC’s stadium in Los Angeles and a hat trick and an assist at home against Orlando City SC.

Ibrahimovic did not play in the team’s match against New England on July 14th because of the stadium’s artificial turf, according to Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid.

“He’ll play on turf when it’s in the playoffs, but in the regular season, he’s probably not going to play on the turf,” Schmid said when asked about Ibrahimoivic’s absence against the Revolution.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the MLS All-Star Game will be played, is another venue with artificial turf.

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