Soccer is a big deal in the U.S.–it’s a big deal all over the world–but at a recent Seattle Sounders match where the Seattle Sounders took on the LA Galaxy, it was a 7-year-old that blew the crowd away before the match even started.
Malea Emma, winner of the #GalaxySocial National Anthem Contest, gave one of the most stirring renditions of the National Anthem.
Surrounded by players and supportive fans, the Los Angeles native caught the eye of Swedish soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimović. Zlatan’s goals may outnumber more than most other players in the league, but even he knows when he’s in the presence of true talent.
“You know you’re good if Zlatan approves you,” commented YouTube user D B.
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“I saw the title “crushes” I thought it was going to be terrible lol but wow what a voice, especially for a 7 year old” wrote R Baz.
“I’m from Finland but this gave me goosebumps. She is amazing and have a really good voice. If she is this good now I can’t even imagine how good she will be when she is older,” wrote
Zlatan was smiling and clapping as fireworks were set off at the end of the song. Despite his status, the forward was visibly awestruck. Of course, not everyone is willing to admit when their hero is paling in comparison.
“Zlatan doesn’t listen to the anthem, the anthem listens to him,” commented Samah Nader.
Watch, and listen, for yourself in the video below!
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.