Roughly 90 seconds into the match, the Galaxy’s worst nightmare unfolded in front of the electric Dignity Health Sports Park atmosphere.
Favio Alvarez rushed his service in the LA Galaxy midfield, and Mark Anthony-Kaye collected the loose ball and scampered forward before slotting to Carlos Vela, and David Bingham brought down the current leader in the Golden Boot rankings. Three minutes in, LA are down a goal.
The Galaxy looked shocked, but not shellshocked. LA would need to break out of their defensive shape if they were to get back into this match. Luckily, Galaxy fans wouldn’t need to wait 73 minutes this time around to watch the Lion of Los Angeles bag another golazo.
Collecting the ball off his chest with Atuesta looming down on the big Swede, Ibra lifted the ball over the LAFC midfielder before waiting for the bounce and smashing an outside the boot finish past a leaping Tyler Miller.
Take a bow. Again.