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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Héber (44')
  • Maximiliano Morález (45'+6' PEN)

More Zlatan Ibrahimovic drama in LA Galaxy loss to NYCFC

New York City FC extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy in a match marred by an incident between Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Ibrahimovic was held without a goal for the second consecutive game as Los Angeles' losing streak reached three games, and his frustration seemed to rise to the surface in the 87th minute when he grabbed Johnson on the side of the neck after his near goal. The players tumbled to the ground with both earning yellow cards.

Ibrahimovic's incident came a day after he was fined an undisclosed amount for diving in Wednesday's loss to the Columbus Crew. The Swedish striker also made news last week for alleged verbal threats and a post-match confrontation with Real Salt Lake defender Nedum Onuoha.

Saturday's match was the first time the Galaxy (7-4-1, 22 points) has lost at home this season in seven games.

NYCFC's goals came on when Heber struck first in the 44th minute, for his third on the season. Maximiliano Moralez added a score from the penalty spot six minutes into first-half stoppage time. It is the first time in team history NYCFC (4-1-6, 18 points) has won three consecutive road games.

Midfielder Anton Tinnerholm fired a left-footed shot that was turned away on a diving save by Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham. Hebert jumped on the rebound and fired his own left-footed shot into the net.

Tinnerholm was at it again a few minutes later, earning a shot from the penalty kick when his cross into the penalty area rebounded off the raised arm of Uriel Antuna for a hand ball. Moralez delivered to the bottom left corner of the goal past a diving Bingham for his second tally of the season.

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The Galaxy had multiple scoring chances in the 86th minute when Ibrahimovic and Chris Pontius both hit the crossbar.

The Galaxy's much-improved defense has been exposed of late. After giving up a combined eight goals in the first nine matches of the season, Los Angeles has allowed eight during its three-game skid.

The Galaxy was without offensive playmaker Jonathan Dos Santos, sidelined with a left hamstring injury that occurred during Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Columbus Crew. Also out for a third consecutive game was right back Julian Araujo (ankle).

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 23 +24 47
2 Toronto FC 23 +7 44
3 Columbus Crew SC 23 +15 41
4 Orlando City SC 23 +15 41
5 New York City FC 23 +12 39
6 New York Red Bulls 23 -2 32
7 Nashville SC 23 +2 32
8 New England Revolution 23 +1 32
9 Montreal Impact 23 -10 26
10 Inter Miami CF 23 -10 24
11 Chicago Fire FC 23 -6 23
12 Atlanta United FC 23 -7 22
13 DC United 23 -16 21
14 FC Cincinnati 23 -24 16

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 21 +13 39
2 Seattle Sounders FC 22 +21 39
3 Portland Timbers 23 +11 39
4 Minnesota United FC 21 +10 34
5 Colorado Rapids 18 +4 28
6 FC Dallas 22 +4 34
7 LAFC 22 +8 32
8 San Jose Earthquakes 23 -16 30
9 Vancouver Whitecaps 23 -17 27
10 LA Galaxy 22 -19 22
11 Real Salt Lake 22 -10 22
12 Houston Dynamo FC 23 -10 21