New LA Galaxy signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed his first day of training Friday, smiling and looking comfortable in front of a throng of international media.
Shortly after 10 a.m. on a bright morning at the StubHub Center, the 36-year old made the short journey from the front office entrance to the training pitch.
VIDEO #zLAtan #LAGalaxy #zlatanibrahimovic arrives for his first day of training at #lagalaxy #zLAtan #Ibrahimovic pic.twitter.com/waE0a5M9b7 Via @ecauich— Elmer Polanco (@PolancoESA) March 30, 2018
Quite the media frenzy in #LA for #zLAtan’s first training session with the @LAGalaxy. Sadly, no actual sightings... #MLS #MLSonFOX #LAvLAFC #ElTraffico #ZlatanIbrahimovic @MLS pic.twitter.com/xgpzH2eaUJ— Katie Witham (@Katie_Witham) March 30, 2018
Here’s #zLAtan doing his first finishing drill as a member of @LAGalaxy. Even his misses are spectacular. #LAvLAFC pic.twitter.com/ssva4BvEla— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) March 30, 2018
Check out a few minutes of @Ibra_official’s first day training with @LAGalaxy #zLAtan https://t.co/DK1bqXfbi1— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 30, 2018
As the lion smelled the grass for the first time, did we learn anything? Zlatan was in good spirits, looking comfortable if slightly sluggish, undoubtedly from the effects of a long flight and little rest.
Later in the day during the press conference (WATCH HERE), Ibra repeatedly mentioned a desire to take things step by step. If there was this idea that Zlatan would show up and try to force his way into the starting lineup...nope. The former Manchester United striker is a football first and foremost, appearing resigned to his current position as a out-of-form striker who needs to ease his way into the lineup. Bet on a substitute appearance tomorrow.
When the @Ibra_official gives you that look #zLAtan pic.twitter.com/sENVjQmH7S— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 30, 2018