The LA Galaxy maintained their roaring start to 2019 with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Sunday evening, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired home a late winner to run their record to 7-1-1.
The Galaxy were dominant in the first half, bossing possession, creating chances and taking an early 1-0 lead via Uriel Antuna, the Mexican winger finishing into an empty net after a slick passing move keyed by Diego Polenta's jaunt forward and pass to Chris Pontius, with a helping hand from Ibrahimovic's clever dummy.
But RSL rallied dramatically after the break, mending their defensive shape and pulling level via Donny Toia, the left back tapping home the rebound after David Bingham parried an Aaron Herrera shot into his path. It's just the second goal in Toia's MLS career (113 appearances), his first coming way back in 2015.
Just when it seemed the Galaxy had blown a clear path to three points, Ibra popped up with an angled close-range finish of a quality low centering pass from Sebastian Lletget, then celebrated by woofing at length at defender Nedum Onuoha, who he'd previously fouled to earn a yellow card.
- 16' – LA – Uriel Antuna | WATCH
- 64' – RSL – Donny Toia | WATCH
- 78' – LA – Zlatan Ibrahimovic | WATCH