Ibrahimovic has first MLS hat trick, Galaxy rally
CARSON, Calif. (AP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic had his first MLS hat trick, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in a 4-minute span in the second half in the LA Galaxy’s 4-3 victory over Orlando City on Sunday night.
The 36-year-old Swedish star tied it at 3 in the 67th minute on a diving header off Ola Kamara’s feed, then put the Galaxy in front in the 71st with a short hard kick after he headed down a rebound. He celebrated by ripping off his jersey.
Ibrahimovic has 15 goals this season, his first with LA.
The Galaxy (10-7-5) are unbeaten in nine games. Orlando City (7-14-1) has lost 12 of its last 13 games.
Ibrahimovic pulled LA even at 2 in the 47th with a leaping header off Giovani dos Santos’s feed.
After dos Santos rang a shot off the crossbar in the 50th, Dominic Dwyer put Orlando back in front in the 54th with a header off Mohamed El-Munir’s cross from the end line.
Cristian Higuita opened the scoring for Orlando in the 18th minute, connecting from close range. Dos Santos tied it in the 39th, firing a shot to the lower left side off an assist from Ibrahimovic.