LA Galaxy 2, FC Dallas 0 | 2019 MLS Match Recap –

TheLA Galaxyreturned to the win column for the first time in nearly a month, riding aZlatan Ibrahimovicbrace to a 2-0 home victory overFC Dallason 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 PavonandJorgen Skjelvikcombined 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 backReggie Cannon. The Swede stepped up to the spot and made no mistake.

Dallas seldom threatenedDavid Bingham’s goal, though nearly opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Following a corner kick,Santiago Mosquerarocketed 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 substitutesUriel AntunaandFavio Alvarez.

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  • 68′ – LA – Zlatan Ibrahimovic |WATCH
  • 82′ – LA – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PK) |WATCH

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: The Galaxy had to grind out this result, one that marks their first shutout since a2-0 home winoverToronto FCon the Fourth of July. More importantly, it snapped a three-game losing skid and vaulted LA back to third place in theWestern Conference standings. A shaky month has come back level. For Dallas, inconsistencies continue to define the dog days of summer. They’re 3-4-2 across their last nine matches, and now will look to close out a three-game week with a cross-country trip north of the border.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: LA’s first goal showed a glimpse of what Cristian Pavon’s potential in MLS is, as his incisive pass created the crossing opportunity for Jorgen Skjelvik. On Pavon’s debut at Dignity Health Sports Complex, he offered plenty of individual brilliance, especially in tight spaces.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH. When the Galaxy need a goal, they know who to call. Zlatan Ibrahimovic now has 18 goals on the year, with his second-half brace quickly erasing the superstar looking visibly frustrated at times.

Next Up

  • LA: Saturday, Aug. 17 vs. Seattle Sounders (10 pm ET | ESPN2, MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada)
  • DAL: Saturday, Aug. 17 atMontreal Impact (7:30 pm ET | TVAS, MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US)

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