A Zlatan special lifts LA Galaxy in first El Trafico

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What a goal. You could have said that several times during the first ever El Trafico between LA Galaxy and LAFC, an incredible match between the two clubs that Galaxy fans will remember for years.

At first the match appeared to be the Carlos Vela show. The Mexican was incredible, scoring the first two goals of the match, including one of the best goals of the young MLS season. Vela was also coming off the friendlies and his most impressive performance for Mexico, assuring himself a spot in the starting XI if he did not have one already. The Dos Santos brothers will be taking notes to what their friend and Mexican teammate is doing in the MLS, and to secure their place for El Tri in Russia, they will have to show the brilliance Vela was able to vs. Galaxy.

For LAFC, this match demonstrated the weaknesses the club has and mistakes they will have to learn from. Blowing a 3-1 lead should be unacceptable at any level, and LAFC demonstrated its lack of experience of being able to hold on to a lead. Vela was one to say the club did have plenty to improve in post-game commentary, and he was not wrong. Bob Bradley will have to take a look at LAFC’s defense, as well as other members of the team, and determine what cause this game to go sideways for his club.

Now to the man who performs so well under the spotlight, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The man can not have asked for a better debut. His game held up to his personality as he was able pull Galaxy from behind to beat their LA counterpart. His first strike from 40 yards out will go down as one of the best of the season, and one those in attendance will never forget. Zlatan capitalized on goalkeeper mistakes, and his determination and abilities were both on display on Saturday. LA Galaxy were missing the Dos Santos brothers, and they will soon be on the pitch as Zlatan also grows his role with the MLS club.

Zlatan in Los Angeles and in the MLS will be one of the most delightful follows this season. At practice, in interview, or on the pitch, Zlatan is must watch television, and if Saturday was not enough to convince you, I am not sure what will.