Zlatan Ibrahimovic

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named the Major League Soccer Newcomer of the Year, edging out former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney for the award.

The Galaxy striker had a marvelous debut season with the team, scoring 22 goals and adding 10 assists in just 27 games for the club.

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Ibrahimovic’s season in Los Angeles also featured him netting his 500th career goal – one that has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Season.

Though Ibrahimovic had an excellent debut campaign, it was not enough to get the Galaxy into the postseason after a final day defeat to the Houston Dynamo.

The Swede becomes the first LA Galaxy player to win Newcomer of the Year, having barely edged out Rooney for the award.

Ibrahimovic recorded an average of 36.36 percent of votes, ahead of DC United’s Wayne Rooney (32.25 percent) and Los Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela (13.47 percent). Former Derby County forward – now with Sporting Kansas City – Johnny Russell received 2.51 percent of the vote.