Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ola Kamara scored all three goals in the LA Galaxy’s 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.
David Bingham recorded his fourth clean sheet of the season, with three of them coming in the last five matches.
The first real sign of life came in the 21st minute of play. Sebastian Lletget threaded a dangerous, low cross through the box. Ola Kamara, back from international duty, made a darting run down the middle. Lletget’s pass, however, couldn’t quite get the angle right.
LA had one of their best opportunities of the half three minutes before the break. Zlatan Ibrahimovic did well to hold the ball inside the area. He was patient. Then, Perry Kitchen made a good run to get on the end of Ibrahimovic’s pass. Kitchen forced Nick Rimando to come up with a big save to keep things scoreless.
Energy Ramped Up in Second Half
Bradford Jamieson IV came in to the match four minutes after halftime to replace the injured Sebastian Lletget. Jamieson’s quality seemed to ignite the squad in a way that Lletget could not.
Immediately, BJIV put in a dangerous cross towards Ibrahimovic. The Swedish striker nodded down Jamieson’s left footed ball at the far post. He noticed that the headed attempt did not have enough pace on it and tried to poke it into the net. However, at the last second, a Real Salt Lake defender cleared it off the line.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores Brace
Right after the hour mark, the Galaxy’s efforts came to fruition. Real Salt Lake could not clear their lines completely as the ball bounced around the 18-yard-box. Servando Carrasco latched onto it with his right foot and floated the ball towards the far post. Rimando got a touch on the cross, Ibrahimovic beat Marcelo Silva to the delivery to head home the first goal with ease.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged his brace seven minutes after his first goal. Carrasco was involved in the build up to the goal once more, this time from the left side of the pitch. The former Cal Bear hit a good ball over the top and Ibrahimovic did the rest.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) June 10, 2018
The Norwegian international rounded off the scoring in the 76th minute. Chris Pontius nabbed his second assist when he played nice square pass at the edge of the area to Kamara. Kamara took one touch to settle the pass and another to get it onto his left foot before finishing the shot in the bottom right corner.
This was the Galaxy’s biggest margin of victory so far this season. It also the first time LA has scored three goals in an MLS match. While they remain in eighth, three points mean that they get a little closer to the top of the standings.
But if you take a closer look at the standings, things get interesting after the World Cup break. A mere four points separate LAFC, who sit in third, and the Galaxy. If the good form continues when play resumes, you should expect to see them continue to climb the standings.