Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hat trick, Galaxy routs Sporting 7-2

The Associated Press
Los Angeles Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) celebrates after scoring against Los Angeles FC during the first half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) celebrates after scoring against Los Angeles FC during the first half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a hat trick and broke Los Angeles' season goal record with 26 in the Galaxy's 7-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night.

The 37-year-old Swedish star tied it at 1 in 32nd minute to match the goal record set by Carlos Ruiz in 2002, then gave Los Angeles (14-13-3) a 3-1 lead in the 51st to break the mark and completed the hat trick in the 85th.

Los Angeles snapped a four-match winless streak to move into fifth place in the Western Conference, a point ahead of San Jose and two in front of Portland.

Scroll to continue with content
Ad

Ibrahimovic scored his first goal on a rebound after goalkeeper Tim Melia stopped his penalty kick, then beat Melia with a left-footer from close range to break the record. He also scored the final goal on a left-footer.

Joe Corona gave Los Angeles the lead in the 48th minute on a header off Cristian Pavon's high chip. Uriel Antuna added a goal in the 69th, and Sebastian Lletget struck in the 77th and 79th minutes.

Felipe Gutierrez scored twice for Sporting (10-13-7).

What to Read Next