Against the run of play, D.C. United took the lead on a sequence that started with a long goal kick by Bill Hamid. Quincy Amarikwa, starting in place of the ill Wayne Rooney, headed on to Ulises Segura, who took the ball off his chest and flicked it forward. Paul Arriola slipped a first-time finish under a charging David Bingham for his fifth goal of the season.
After D.C. United had a goal called back for offside, the Galaxy nearly had the equalizer in first-half stoppage time when Uriel Antuna turned and fired a low shot on frame through traffic. But Hamid dived to his right to get a hand on the attempt and keep the visitors off the scoreboard.
The Galaxy would level three minutes into the second half. After Jonathan dos Santos won a battle with Arriola by the corner flag, Antuna served a ball into the box. Zlatan Ibrahimovic attempted a shot, but it deflected off Jalen Robinson and into the path of Favio Alvarez, who guided his attempt from just inside the 18-yard box past Hamid for his third goal of the season.
The Galaxy pressed for the go-ahead goal, but couldn’t get the ball past Hamid. The MLS leader for saves this season made a stunning denial of an Ibrahimovic volley in the 71st minute. Rodriguez then cleared an attempt off the line on the ensuing corner kick.
It was a big defensive play by Rodriguez, who followed with the decisive goal on the other end moments later.
- LA: Wednesday, August 14 vs. FC Dallas (10:30 PM ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, on DAZN in Canada)