One of Major League Soccer, and possibly one of Los Angeles’ biggest rivalry games between the LA Galaxy men’s soccer team and LAFC, did not disappoint with fireworks and dramatics as the bitter rivals finished in a 3-3 draw at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday.
The night’s scoring began early as one of the MLS’s biggest international superstars, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, netted an early 2nd-minute goal on a pass from Cristian Pavon.
LAFC answered with a Latif Blessing goal just under
10 minutes later to tie the game, but once again Ibrahimovic stole the spotlight returning the favor for his second goal of the night in the 15th minute of play.
Not a minute later, Pavon found himself on the opposite end as he netted his first-ever MLS goal to put the Galaxy ahead 3-1, just 16 minutes into the first half.
LAFC rebutted playing inspired soccer for the rest of the first half until Blessing scored his second goal of the game off a Vela rebound to pull the home team with one point heading into halftime.
Eight minutes into the second half, striker Carlos Vela unleashed a left-footed equalizer that beat the Galaxy’s goalkeeper to tie the game and what would be the final result at 3-3.
With the draw, LAFC is winless in the last five meetings between the two squads and although LAFC is the MLS’s best team sitting at 19-15-3 overall, a clear 14 points ahead of the MLS’s second-best team Atlanta United, they are still left wanting more.
The Galaxy are 13-11-3 overall and currently sit in fourth-place in the Western Conference standings.