Soccer

By ADRIAN GARCIA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he’d be happy to assume the No. 10 role upon his return to Manchester United. The former PSG man has been sidelined since suffering a crucial ligament injury in his knee back in April. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hinted the retired Sweden international could return before January, and Ibrahimovic says he wouldn’t mind playing in a different position now that Romelu Lukaku took the No. 9 role this season.

“To me, No. 10 is the star,” Ibrahimovic said in a promotional. Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year after running away with the vote. Melia earned over 50 percent of the votes from all three groups, ¬†players, media and club staff easily outpacing fellow finalists Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union and Stefan Frei of the Seattle Sounders. The 31-year-old led MLS with both a 0.78 goals-against average and a 78.4 save percentage, while also helping his club win the U.S. Open Cup for the second time in three years.