2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Giovani Dos Santos (39')
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (47', 67', 71')
  • Cristian Higuita (18')
  • Michael Ciani (44' OG)
  • Dom Dwyer (54')

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores first MLS hat trick to carry LA Galaxy past Orlando City

Zlatan nets first MLS hat trick in win (1:55)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores three times in the second half to lead the LA Galaxy to a 4-3 victory against Orlando City SC. (1:55)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first MLS hat trick during a 24-minute stretch of the second half, lifting the LA Galaxy to a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Orlando City on Sunday night in Carson, Calif.

Ibrahimovic now has 15 goals over 17 appearances for the Galaxy, scoring multiple goals five times since joining the club in late March.

Giovani dos Santos also scored on an assist from Ibrahimovic and added an assist of his own for L.A. The Galaxy are unbeaten in their past nine matches and now sit in third place in the Western Conference.

Cristian Higuita and Dom Dwyer scored for Orlando City, who also benefited from an own goal. The Lions held a one-goal lead on three separate occasions.

Orlando City has lost three straight and is 1-12-0 over its past 13 matches. The Lions have conceded four or more goals in four separate matches during that stretch.

Ibrahimovic finished with an impressive seven shots on goal, three more than in any of his previous MLS appearances.

He scored his first goal of the night just two minutes into the second half, when he met dos Santos' early cross from the left with a thundering header that beat goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. to the top right corner, tying the game at 2-2.

Dwyer gave Orlando the lead back seven minutes later when he headed in Mohamed El-Munir's cross from the left, but Ibrahimovic leveled the score again in the 67th minute.

This time, Ibrahimovic's header freed teammate Ola Kamara down the right. Kamara returned the favor with a perfect cross, and Ibrahimovic sent a diving header beyond Edwards to make it 3-3.

The Swedish superstar then put LA ahead for the first time all evening in the 71st minute, reaching a poor defensive clearance and smashing a half volley with his second touch inside the left post.

Higuita gave Orlando the lead in the 18th minute, finishing between goalkeeper David Bingham and the near post after playing some exceptional combinations with Sacha Kljestan to work free.

The Galaxy leveled through dos Santos 21 minutes later, when he took Ibrahimovic's layoff pass and drove a low finish inside the left post.

Orlando regained the lead a minute before halftime when Kljestan's cross deflected off Galaxy defender Michael Ciani and across the goal line to make it 2-1.

Major League Soccer Standings

1 New York City FC 34 +21 64
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +15 58
3 Philadelphia Union 34 +8 55
4 Toronto FC 34 +5 50
5 DC United 34 +4 50
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +2 48
7 New England Revolution 34 -7 45
8 Chicago Fire 34 +8 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -13 41
10 Columbus Crew SC 34 -8 38
11 Orlando City SC 34 -8 37
12 FC Cincinnati 34 -44 24

Major League Soccer Standings

1 LAFC 34 +48 72
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +3 56
3 Real Salt Lake 34 +5 53
4 Minnesota United FC 34 +9 53
5 LA Galaxy 34 -1 51
6 Portland Timbers 34 +3 49
7 FC Dallas 34 +8 48
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -3 44
9 Colorado Rapids 34 -5 42
10 Houston Dynamo 34 -10 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 -18 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -22 34