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LA Galaxy fall to Sporting Kansas City 2-0

A combination of poor play and bad luck doomed the Galaxy

MLS: Sporting KC at Los Angeles Galaxy Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Galaxy came back down to Earth Sunday night, falling to Sporting Kansas City 2-0 before a sellout at the StubHub Center.

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Chris Pontius almost put LA ahead when the UCSB product got on the end of an Ashley Cole cross but his header clanged off the right post and out. Ashley Cole suffered the same fate when the left back ran onto Emmanuel Boateng’s service and rifled an excellent half-volley that Tim Melia pushed off the same post.

LA came right at Sporting in the second half, coming close on several opportunities before SKC scored two goals in quick succession. First Daniel Salloi took advantage of a weak clearance inside the Galaxy box to smash home a low shot David Bingham probably should have saved. Five minutes later, winger Johnny Russell cut inside two Galaxy defenders before sliding the ball past Bingham to double SKC’s advantage.

Romain Alessandrini almost improbably got LA back in the game with a beautiful curler from 25-yards out but for the third time in the evening a Galaxy shot clanged off the post.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic entered the game in the 60th minute and made an impact, but it wasn’t enough for the Galaxy to overcome a two-goal deficit.