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Ibrahimovic wants more games for teen Alvarez

Zlatan Ibrahimovic took over in the second half, scoring twice in LA Galaxy's 2-0 win over Toronto FC at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has called on LA Galaxy to give more game time to Efrain Alvarez after the 17-year-old impressed on his first MLS start.

Alvarez set up the first of Ibrahimovic's two goals in the 2-0 win against Toronto as Galaxy snapped a three-match losing streak and the former Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus forward said his teenage teammate is ready to play regularly.

"I said he is the biggest talent in this league and he's ready to play," Ibrahimovic said postmatch.

"He's only 17 and I believe that in this league, if you're 16 or 17, you can be ready to play, because the level is not like Europe.

"If you're 16 or 17 and not playing in this league, then it will be difficult in Europe."

Ibrahimovic's brace took him to 13 for the season, four behind LAFC's Carlos Vela in the scoring charts, but the 37-year-old played down talk of personal targets.

"I don't even know what the situation is," he said. "As long as they don't suspend me, maybe I can break some records. I'm not in control of that."

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