Former Houston Dynamo forward Calen Carr believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already had a “phenomenal” impact on Major League Soccer since joining LA Galaxy.
After a glitzy arrival in California, the Sweden veteran scored twice on his debut in the LA derby before taking his tally to three goals in three games with the winner against Chicago Fire in his first start on Saturday.
Carr believes the record crowd in Illinois at the weekend proves the 36-year-old is already making waves in the USA and his goal there answered critics who questioned whether he could cope with varying climates.
“It’s hard to stop talking about him. His entrance to MLS has been phenomenal,” Carr told Sky Sports News.
“Against Chicago there was a record crowd attendance in Toyota Park and the phenomenon of Zlatan has made waves throughout the league as numbers go. On and off the field, he’s definitely been something to watch.
“To score two goals against LAFC after coming on, and win 4-3 in dramatic fashion, the team felt this was the right time for him to come into the starting line-up.
Ibrahimovic opened the scoring for LA Galaxy in their MLS clash with Chicago Fire in first-half stoppage time
“There was a lot of talk about how the manager Sigi Schmid would bring him into the team but, in some ways, it’s when Zlatan’s ready and he wanted in from the start (v Chicago Fire).
“There were questions about him and how he would adjust to a new league and going from many different climates, for example from Los Angeles in the sun to a cold, brisk day in Chicago.
“(But) he went to Chicago and scored the winner after a fantastic cross from Ashley Cole, who’s had a new lease of life since Zlatan joined the team.”