It seemed like on several occasions on Sunday night that Orlando City was going to avoid its third consecutive loss when they faced the Los Angeles Galaxy at the StubHub Center. There was one problem, however, and that was finding a solution to slowing down Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Lions were not able to come an answer in stopping Los Angeles’ forward, as Ibrahimovic notched his first ever hat trick in Major League Soccer and led the Galaxy (10-7-5) to a 4-3 win over Orlando. Orlando City has now fallen to 7-14-1 on the season and sit in 9th place in the Eastern Conference. The club will take the field again this Saturday when they face the New England Revolution (7-7-7) at home. Kickoff is slated to be at 7:30 p.m. at Orlando City Stadium.
All of the Lions’ stars showed up on the big stage in Los Angeles, as midfielder Cristian Higuita scores Orlando’s first goal in the 18th minute. It became a back-and-forth affair between the two teams when it came to goal scoring, with the Galaxy answering the call every time the Lions scored.
Ibrahimovic was everywhere and even had an assist on the lone Galaxy goal that he didn’t score on. The hat trick against Orlando City came at the worst time for a Lions team searching for any kind of positives. It looked as if Orlando’s own star in Dom Dwyer, might’ve answered the bell in giving the Lions a chance down the stretch.
In the 54th minute of play, defender Mohamed El Munir assisted on Dwyer’s goal, which gave Orlando a 3-2 edge with close to 35 minutes remaining. Zlatan ended up being too much to handle for Orlando’s defense, as he scored goals in the 67th and 71st minutes to seal the victory for the Galaxy.