Zlatan Ibrahimovic Named MLS Newcomer of the Year, ahead of Wayne Rooney

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Named MLS Newcomer of the Year

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Named MLS Newcomer of the Year, ahead of Wayne Rooney

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named the MLS Newcomer of the Year, ahead of DC United striker Wayne Rooney.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic edged out Wayne Rooney in the voting for the 2018 prize, which is awarded to the player with previous professional experience to have impressed the most in his first season in the United States.

Ibrahimovic joined Galaxy from Manchester United in March and scored twice on his debut against Los Angeles FC, including a spectacular strike from 40 yards.

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The 37-year-old ended the season with 22 goals and 10 assists in 27 appearances, earning 36 per cent of the votes for the Newcomer award, despite Galaxy missing out on the playoffs.

Rooney came second with 32 per cent, having inspired DC United to a postseason place after joining from Everton. Carlos Vela of LAFC came third.

The award is decided by votes from MLS club management, selected media, and current MLS players.

Rooney and Ibrahimovic were earlier named in the MLS Best XI for the season.

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