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Zlatan Ibrahimovic extends LA Galaxy stay

Zlatan Ibrahimovic extends LA Galaxy stay
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The Swede is eager to add further honours to his glittering CV.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he is "not finished" after signing a new one-year deal with LA Galaxy.

The Swedish striker made a brilliant impact in his debut campaign in MLS, scoring 22 goals and setting up a further 10, but the season ultimately finished in disappointment with a seventh-placed finish in the Western Conference.

However, he has signed on as a designated player for a further year and has targeted trophies in America before he finishes.

"I am not finished yet with MLS," he told the club website. "I have things to do and I see my first year as warming up, the second year will be a big difference because I know the league and I know my opponents more.

"I know how to handle it better now and I know the team more, and I feel physically better.

"Second year I come to finish it."

On his goals for the 2019 season, he added: "It is to bring the trophy home, and not finish like the last game (a 3-2 defeat to Houston Dynamo).

"I came here to leave a stamp and make my team win, and I didn't get to do that. I am not the one who leaves without winning. Everywhere I go I have won.

"The objective of the club is to win because they have the most trophies in MLS, and they want to keep going so that is why I am here.

"I want to lift trophies like the other big players here. I am excited."

General manager Dennis te Kloese added: "We are very pleased to sign Zlatan to a new contract that will see him return for the 2019 season.

"He showed his value last season and we look forward to him representing our club next year. With Zlatan returning, we will continue to improve our team in advance of the season."


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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34225762332971
2Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34216770442669
3New York City FCNY City341681059451456
4DC United341491160501051
5Columbus Crew34149114345-251
6Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia34155144950-150
7Montreal ImpactMontreal34144164753-646
8New England RevolutionNew England341011134955-641
9Toronto34106185964-536
10Chicago Fire3488184861-1332
11Orlando City3484224374-3128

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas34188865402562
2Seattle SoundersSeattle341851152371559
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles34169968521657
4Dallas3416995244857
5Portland TimbersPortland35159115450454
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake34147135558-349
7Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy34139126664248
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver34138135467-1347
9Houston DynamoHouston34108165858038
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd34113204971-2236
11Colorado RapidsColorado3487193663-2731
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3449214971-2221

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