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Zlatan: I'm returning to MLS to lift Galaxy in standings

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) Although Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first season in Major League Soccer was a smashing individual success, his LA Galaxy were a serious disappointment in the standings.

The Galaxy's failure to make the MLS playoffs is a major reason why the Swedish superstar is back for another season in California instead of taking big money to return to Europe.

"My priority No. 1 was to stay with the Galaxy, because I feel I have much more to give to Galaxy and the MLS, the fans," Ibrahimovic said Saturday at a Los Angeles-area hotel during the league's media day. "The way we ended last season was not a situation normal for me, because normally where I go, I win. And I didn't succeed with that here, and that for me was not OK. I think the fans deserve more than what they got."