Zlatan Ibrahimovic can help MLS continue to improve as a competition, says Brad Guzan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic can help MLS to improve as a competition because of the “star attention” he brings to the league, says Brad Guzan.
Ibrahimovic, who has won league titles in Holland, Italy, Spain and France, joined LA Galaxy from Manchester United in March.
The 36-year-old is Sweden’s all-time record goalscorer, and he has begun his career in the USA in a similar vein, finding the net seven times in his first 11 MLS games.
Atlanta goalkeeper Guzan believes the presence of a high-profile player, like Ibrahimovic, in the league is a positive.
“He’s been great, both on and off the field. He brings star attention – in terms of the attention he draws on the field and the quality that he brings to the Galaxy”, said Guzan.
“It’s important we continue to grow as a league and have players that are not coming at the end of their career and are no longer interested in competing.
“We want players who want to help improve the league and continue the upward trend of the sport in the United States.”
Guzan has been at Atlanta for nearly a year after returning to his native USA from Aston Villa.
The Midlands side agonisingly missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season after losing 1-0 to Fulham in the play-off final, but Guzan believes they are well-equipped to go one step further in the coming campaign.
He said: “It’s always difficult when you finish the season on such a difficult moment to turn around and come back.
“But I believe they certainly have the players and the experience to hopefully bounce back and do it again because the club and fan base is absolutely massive.
“They deserve to be back in the Premier League and I think a lot of people would be delighted to see them back there.”