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Ibrahimović registered his first MLS hat trick as his Los Angeles Galaxy earned a wild 4-3 win over Orlando City at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
The three-goal outburst represented Ibrahimović’s fifth multi-goal game in MLS, starting with a memorable two-goal showcase against crosstown rival LAFC in his Galaxy debut.
Ibrahimović now has 15 goals in 17 games played for the Galaxy. The Galaxy are unbeaten in their last nine league games, a run that includes five victories, and has pushed the team into third place in the Western Conference standings and just a point behind second-place LAFC, against whom the Galaxy rallied late from two goals down to claim a 2-2 tie on Thursday.
All three of Ibrahimović’s goals came in the second half as the Galaxy responded to each Orlando goal with an equalizer and then eventually the Swedish goal-scoring savant’s hat trick goal.
Ibrahimović’s second goal came on a diving header off a nifty pass from teammate Ola Kamara and evened the score at 3-3.
A long pass from Giovani dos Santos found the 6-foot-5 forward in the box and Ibrahimović promptly headed it into goal.
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After Sunday night’s game, the Galaxy announced that Ibrahimović would miss the MLS All-Star Game, which is Wednesday against Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Per league policy, Ibrahimović then will miss the Galaxy’s next league game following the All-Star Game, which is Saturday against the Colorado Rapids.
“I am disappointed to miss the 2018 All-Star Game against Juventus, one of my former clubs,” Ibrahimović said in the team’s statement. “I want to thank the fans for voting me to the team. My main focus is to score goals and help the LA Galaxy to the playoffs.”
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