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Bastian Schweinstegier plays centre-back as Ashley Cole assists Zlatan Ibrahimovic winner

There it is, the most MLS headline of all time

File this under classic MLS.

The United States’ domestic league has tried to shed its retirement home reputation in recent years but the fact remains their ‘roster’ reads like a Ballon d’Or nominee list from a decade ago.

And LA Galaxy’s 1-0 win over Chicago Fire on Saturday night featured some true golden oldies at the heart of the action.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his impressive early stateside form by scoring the winner on his first start for Galaxy.

The enigmatic Swede headed past Richard Sanchez late in the first half in what proved to be the game’s only goal.

And wouldn’t you know it, Ashley Cole was responsible for the inviting cross into Zlatan, ensuring a combined assist provider/ goalscorer age of 73.

But wait, there’s more.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was on the losing side as the 2014 World Cup winner played the full 90 minutes at centre-back for the hosts.

Europeans know Basti as a midfield dynamo but nothing says impending retirement like a move to the heart of defence.

Although the Bayern Munich legend was still on set-piece duty — which is a bit village if you ask us.

We can’t wait until Zlatan’s playing centre-back for a Chinese Super League team in 2020…


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