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Sigi Schmid explains why Zlatan didn’t play at Gillette Stadium

It was because of the turf.

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, 36,573 fans filed into Gillette Stadium to watch the New England Revolution face the LA Galaxy. While many were obviously attending to cheer on their hometown team, others were hoping to get a glimpse at Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Unfortunately for that second group, Ibrahimovic didn’t even make the bench.

As has become the norm for superstars who join MLS, Ibrahimovic decided to skip playing in Foxboro. After the game, LA Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid was asked about the decision and his response shouldn’t come as a response to anyone.

“Because of the turf,” Schmid said frankly to reporters. “He’ll play on turf when it’s in the playoffs, but in the regular season, he’s probably not going to play on the turf.”

While he didn’t play, Ibrahimovic was still supporting his teammates. After the Galaxy recorded a 3-2 come-from-behind victory, Ibrahimovic sent out a solitary tweet to show his excitement.