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Friday , November 22 2019

Ibrahimovic scores 3 goals in Galaxy’s victory over Sporting

Own goal, Lodeiro’s brace lift Sounders past Red Bulls 4-2

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore (17) and Colorado Rapids defender Tommy Smith (5) vie for the ball in the first half of MLS soccer action at BMO Field in Toronto on Sept 15. (AP)

CARSON, California, Sept 16, (AP): Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a hat trick and broke Los Angeles’ season goal record with 26 in the Galaxy’s 7-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City.

The 37-year-old Swedish star tied it at 1 in 32nd minute to match the goal record set by Carlos Ruiz in 2002, then gave Los Angeles (14-13-3) a 3-1 lead in the 51st to break the mark and completed the hat trick in the 85th.

Los Angeles snapped a four-match winless streak to move into fifth place in the Western Conference, a point ahead of San Jose and two in front of Portland.

Ibrahimovic scored his first goal on a rebound after goalkeeper Tim Melia stopped his penalty kick, then beat Melia with a left-footer from close range to break the record. He also scored the final goal on a left-footer.

Joe Corona gave Los Angeles the lead in the 48th minute on a header off Cristian Pavón’s high chip. Uriel Antuna added a goal in the 69th, and Sebastian Lletget struck in the 77th and 79th minutes.

Felipe Gutiérrez scored twice for Sporting (10-13-7).

D.C. United 1, Timbers 0

In Portland, Oregon, an own goal put D.C. United up in the 25th minute and the team held on to beat Portland.

United got the own goal when Portland defender Bill Tuiloma tried unsuccessfully to clear a cross from Ulises Segura. United (12-10-9) has won two straight on the road after a three-game losing streak.

Wayne Rooney returned to United’s starting lineup after a two-game suspension for violent conduct in the 21st minute of a match against the Red Bulls on Aug 21. Rooney leads the team with 11 goals and seven assists in 26 league appearances this season. The striker will leave United at the end of the season to become a player-coach for Derby County in England.

Portland (13-12-4) lost for the fourth time at home, its most since 2012.

Sounders 4, Red Bulls 2

In Seattle, a shot by Victor Rodriguez that was knocked in for an own goal in the 83rd minute put Seattle ahead, and Nico Lodeiro’s goal in stoppage time secured the victory over New York.

The Sounders (14-9-7) remained in contention for second place in the MLS Western Conference. New York (12-13-5) had come back from an early 2-0 deficit, getting the equalizer from Kaku in the 67th minute.

Jordan Morris and Lodeiro gave Seattle a 2-0 lead in the first 23 minutes. Aaron Long got the Red Bulls on the board in the 27th.

Toronto FC 3, Rapids 2

In Toronto, Jonathan Osorio broke a tie in the 70th minute and Toronto FC spoiled Colorado coach Robin Fraser’s homecoming.

Fraser, a former Toronto assistant coach, had won three straight since taking charge of the Rapids (10-15-6) on Aug 25.

Tsubasa Endoh and Alejandro Pozuelo scored to give Toronto (12-10-9) an early 2-0 lead. Keegan Rosenberry and Sam Nicholson countered for Colorado, with Nicholson tying it in the 62nd minute.

Minnesota United 3, Real Salt Lake 1

In St Paul, Minnesota, Darwin Quintero scored twice in Minnesota United’s victory over Real Salt Lake.

Ethan Finlay also scored for Minnesota (14-10-6). Albert Rusnak scored for Real Salt Lake (14-12-4)

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