On Pride Night at Dignity Health Sports Park, the LA Galaxy were unable to extend their unbeaten streak as they fell to the New England Revolution 2-1.
With this loss, the Galaxy are now 9-1-6 on the season and sit in second on 28 points, nine below the top of the Western Conference standings.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto made just one change from the midweek match against Sporting Kansas City. Joe Corona replaced Perry Kitchen in the middle of the formation.
However, only seven minutes had eclipsed when GBS had to change his plans. Sebastian Lletget, who was recently called up to the USMNT camp, left in the seventh minute due to a left hamstring injury.
Ibrahimovic had a couple of opportunities to open the scoring around the half-hour mark. The Swedish striker forced Brad Knighton to make a save following a through ball from Uriel Antuna. The assistant referee, though, but up his flag late and ruled that he was marginally offside.
Ibrahimovic then had a left-footed attempt that was blocked by Knighton two minutes later. The New England goalkeeper left a big rebound but was able to smother the ball first.
New England hurt Galaxy
New England, though, found a way through first just before the end of the first half. Cristian Penilla was able to sneak behind the Galaxy defense. He shot towards the near post, and after making a couple of good stops moments earlier, Bingham let this attempt sneak through.
Antuna, who had taken a knock to his shoulder in the first 45 minutes, was replaced by Efrain Alvarez just before the second half restart.
The visiting side nearly doubled their advantage just six minutes into the half. Carlos Gil was in acres of space and somehow hit the right post after having Bingham beat.
Moments later down on the other end, Favio Alvarez had a good look at goal but stretched to get his shot away, which was sent into the stands.
Bruce Arena’s side did eventually get their insurance goal. Teal Bunbury split the Galaxy defense on the counter, and after a couple of touches, he lifted the ball into the back of the net.
Ibrahimovic scores audacious goal late
A long throw-in from Daniel Steres bounced off of Chris Pontius and Joe Corona in the 84th minute of play.
It eventually found Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who kept the ball alive before setting himself up for an audacious bicycle goal, his 11th of the season.
The goal cut the Revolution’s lead in half and gave the Galaxy some much-needed life towards the end of the match.
In the sixth minute of stoppage time, Diego Polenta had one last opportunity that could have stolen a point. The Uruguayan smashed an effort from the edge of the area off the crossbar.
The Galaxy get a much needed long break with the Gold Cup set to kick off soon.
They have a U.S. Open Cup match on June 12th against Orange County FC but do not play another league match until June 22nd when they take on FC Cincinnati.