The ploy appeared to work because I
Ibrahimovic downplayed the exchange after the Galaxy's 2-1 victory, but his explanation of events didn't mesh with Onuoha's recollection, which included an Ibrahimovic visit to the Real Salt Lake locker room.
"What happens on the field stays on the field," Ibrahimovic told reporters on Sunday. "I like to feel alive. I like when it becomes duels and that because sometimes, not that I fall asleep, but I don’t feel alive if they don’t activate me. They need to activate me or else it becomes too easy.
"I know me. When I get angry I feel good."
Ibrahimovic's impromptu visit to the visiting locker room led to another tense exchange between the Swedish star and Onuoha, who claimed afterwards that Ibrahimovic had attempted to apologize for his
"He came into
Ibrahimovic said nothing about an apology when asked about visiting RSL's locker room, though an apology for simply trash talking an opponent doesn't sound like something the brash and outspoken Ibrahimovic would do, particularly when he made it clear he engaged in his war of words with Onuoha to get himself going.
"I went to shake the hands. No big deal," Ibrahimovic said.
Sunday's victory extended the Galaxy's undefeated record to six matches, while the goal gives Ibrahimovic eight this season, second only to Carlos Vela's 11 goals. The Galaxy moved to within a point of first-place Los Angeles FC after LAFC settled for a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders earlier on Sunday.
Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy travel East to take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.