The Galaxy once again pulled off a tricky road victory vs. a Eastern Conference foe, coming from behind to outlast the Philadelphia Union 3-1 Saturday night at a rainy Talen Energy Stadium.
The opening half hour featured plenty of chances from both sides: Giovani dos Santos ghosted into the box but his attempt to poke home from a narrow angle was smartly saved by goalkeeper Andre Blake, while David Bingham did well to stone C.J. Sapong from point-blank range.
In the 29th minute the Union would strike first, with Sapong re-directing Borek Dockal’s shot just past an off-balance David Bingham. By the time the halftime whistle blew Philly were bossing the match.
That all changed after the break: Sigi pulled Tomas Hilliard-Arce for Romain Alessandrini and the floodgates opened. Four minutes in Zlatan split the Union center backs with a brilliant through ball and Ola Kamara scooped a finish over the charging Blake to level the match.
In the 63rd minute Zlatan got open inside the left side of the box and did not hesitate, unleashing a quick cannon that rifled Blake’s side netting before Michael Ciani banged home a Alessandrini corner kick home with ease to secure all three points.
Next up: Banc of California Stadium vs. LAFC this Thursday.