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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

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NYCFC's turnaround continues with win at Galaxy (1:57)

NYCFC extended their unbeaten run to seven matches with a win at LA Galaxy, but the match ended in controversy involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (1:57)

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.

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Should Zlatan have seen red for this incident?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sean Johnson both received yellow cards after this incident late in the match between LA Galaxy and NYCFC.

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 New York City FC 30 +19 57
2 Philadelphia Union 30 +12 52
3 Atlanta United FC 29 +12 48
4 Toronto FC 31 +4 45
5 DC United 31 +2 45
6 New York Red Bulls 30 +1 41
7 New England Revolution 30 -7 40
8 Montreal Impact 31 -15 37
9 Chicago Fire 31 +5 37
10 Orlando City SC 31 -4 36
11 Columbus Crew SC 31 -9 34
12 FC Cincinnati 30 -42 21

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 30 +44 64
2 Seattle Sounders FC 30 +3 49
3 Minnesota United FC 30 +9 48
4 Real Salt Lake 30 +4 46
5 LA Galaxy 30 0 45
6 San Jose Earthquakes 30 +3 44
7 Portland Timbers 29 +3 43
8 FC Dallas 30 +5 43
9 Sporting Kansas City 30 -10 37
10 Colorado Rapids 31 -7 36
11 Houston Dynamo 30 -10 34
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 31 -22 30