LA Galaxy finally gets a win after a four-game streak, with a Zlatan Ibrahimovich hattrick and another MLS record.
The Galaxy handed out a thrashing to Sporting Kansas City and finally got back to winning ways after not posting a victory in the last four games.
SKC took the lead when Felipe Gutierrez scored in the 24th minute. But only eight minutes later, Ibrahimovich got in on the action to score his first in the 32nd minute, all be it from a rebounded penalty.
After a handball in the penalty area, Ibrahimovic stepped up to take the spot-kick. Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia made the save from twevele yards.
But Ibrahimovic was the first one to the rebound, and he made no mistake to make it 1-0 to LA.
That was it for the first half, in an action-packed game, that saw both sides create plenty of opportunities.
The second half only took three minutes to get the goal tally going again. The 48th minute saw Joe Corona grab the Galy’s second of seven unanswered goals.
Only three minutes later, Ibrahimovoch got his brace, scoring with his left from close range.
The Uriel Antuna got in on the action with another to his season’s tally in the 69th minute. Making it 4-1.
Then came the turn of Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget who banged in two more in two minutes. Scoring in the 77th and the 79th minutes respectively.
With the LA Galaxy up 6-1 and still ten minutes to play. There was still time for Zlatan Ibrahimovich to bag another, giving him another hattrick and another MLS record.
In 85th minute, Ibrahimovich took a stride into the corner of the 18-yard box, and with the ball at his feet struck a shot from distance, it sailed into the back of the net.
A celebration as only Ibrahimocivh can to signal his hattrick, as he stood on the pitchside advertising boards, with his arms aloft and three fingers to signify his goal scoring feat.
7-1 the Galaxy led.
Although the game was all but over, there was still time for SKC’s Felipe Gutierrez to get his second and a final consolation goal.
The final score 7-2 to the LA Galaxy.
The win ends any chance that Sporting Kansas had of making the postseason.
But it does give Ibrahimovich and company a timely boost, that sees them move up to fifth in the Western Conference, and a vastly improved chance of playing in the playoffs.
In a post-match interview with LA Galaxy the clubs official website lagalaxy.com, that “Scoring goals was easy.”
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) September 16, 2019