The LA Galaxy returned to the win column for the first time in nearly a month, riding a Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace to a 2-0 home victory over FC Dallas on Wednesday night in a crucial Western Conference matchup.
The breakthrough came in the 68th minute via Ibrahimovic, who capped off a sweeping passing move down the left wing. Cristian Pavon and Jorgen Skjelvik combined in open space, with the latter crossing back to Ibrahimovic near the penalty-kick spot for a one-touch finish.
Ibrahimovic then made it 2-0 in the 82nd minute from a penalty kick, as Pavon drew the opportunity after some pressure from behind by Dallas right back Reggie Cannon. The Swede stepped up to the spot and made no mistake.
Dallas seldom threatened David Bingham’s goal, though nearly opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Following a corner kick, Santiago Mosquera rocketed a shot off the crossbar that Bingham got his fingertips on.
Before LA’s big-personality Designated Player stepped up, it was an evening full of missed opportunities. Then the floodgates opened and the Galaxy’s offense clicked, sparked to life by second-half substitutes Uriel Antuna and Favio Alvarez.