Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s incredible charisma and supreme ability make him a hugely valuable acquisition for MLS that could take its brand to the next level, asserts Jon Allsop of Columbia Journalism Review. His introduction broke all expectations. Coming on as a substitute for LA Galaxy, he scored a screamer from 40-yards away to tie the game at 3-3 and then headed home the winner in the dying minutes of the game. These kinds of displays turn heads. And it did - his goals were seen all over the world. Ibrahimovic knows how to market himself and has already generated a huge buzz that will strongly benefit MLS.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic arriving at LA Galaxy doesn’t guarantee that the league will suddenly explode, suggests Kevin Mercer of The Mane Land. The MLS has welcomed a host of world class soccer talents, many of which disappointed deeply. Big stars from Europe tend to cross the pond for one big final payday, not glory on the pitch. World Cup-winners like Ricardo Kaká or Bastian Schweinsteiger were mere shadows of their former selves on US soil. They and others were touted as prophet-like figures that would dramatically take the MLS to the next level, but that never happened. Ibrahimovic’s arrival is nice but hardly earth-shattering.