Ibrahimovic’s hat trick sparks Galaxy in 7-2 rout of Sporting KC
The 37-year-old Swedish star tied it at 1 in the 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.
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 scored the final goal on another left-footer.
Joe Corona gave Los Angeles the lead in the 48th minute on a header off Cristian Pavón’s high chip. Uriel Antuna added a goal in the 69th, and Sebastian Lletget struck in the 77th and 79th minutes.
Felipe Gutiérrez scored twice for Sporting (10-13-7).
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