Zlatan suspended one match for skipping MLS All Star Game

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Apologies to the Colorado Rapids home crowd, but they aren’t going to get their fill of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Saturday.

And given the entertainment he provided on Sunday, that’s some sacrifice.

Ibrahimovic, 36, is going to miss the match with a one-match suspension imposed by MLS for skipping the All Star Game while healthy.

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The big Swede did not want to play three matches in a 7-day span, and so elected to skip Wednesday’s reunion with Juventus. From LAGalaxy.com:

“I am disappointed to miss the 2018 All-Star game against Juventus, one of my former clubs,” said Ibrahimović. “I want to thank the fans for voting me to the team. My main focus is to score goals and help the LA Galaxy to the playoffs.”

The MLS All Star Game may still be a big draw for neutral fans, and Zlatan’s participation would be make us more interested in the match.

The rule makes sense in that regard, but certainly brings an exhalation of relief from Rapids supporters hoping for a win.