LA Galaxy 3, Real Salt Lake 0
A Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace and an additional Ola Kamara goal — all coming after the hour mark in the match — vaulted the LA Galaxy over Real Salt Lake at StubHub Center Saturday night .
RSL held the Galaxy to a scoreless draw for 60 minutes, which included Justen Glad making a heroic defensive stand to deny a seemingly-sure Zlatan goal from crossing the line. But in the 61st minute, RSL ‘keeper Nick Rimando, attempting to punch a ball out, unintentionally set up Zlatan for a short header to open the scoring. In the 67th minute, Zlatan made it a brace.
Ola Kamara, denied in a one-on-one situation with Rimando just prior to the opening goal, got himself on the scoreboard in the 77th minute to close out the scoring.
For the Galaxy, this was a resounding home victory against a team who still stays 5th in the West. While it might be a stretch to call this a statement win, it does puts other West teams on notice that the Galaxy are in the playoff mix. For Real Salt Lake, it’s a tough loss that doesn’t help the lopsided goal differential they don’t want figuring into any potential playoff tiebreakers.
61′ – LA – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
67′ – LA – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
77′ – LA – Ola Kamara
Chicago Fire 1, New England Revolution 1
It looked as if a second-half Bastian Schweinsteiger goal would be enough to give the Chicago Fire a timely home victory. But an opportunistic goal by Teal Bunbury with less than nine minutes left in regulation resulted in the New England Revolution climbing back for a 1-1 draw on Saturday night at Toyota Park.
In the 12th minute, Nemanja Nikolic and Antonio Mlinar Delamea collided heads on a free kick, and both teams were left with 10 men temporarily. While a bandaged Delamea returned to the field, Nikolic did not, and Alan Gordon was brought into the striker role. Despite chances for both squads, the first half finished scoreless.
The home side finally broke through in the 63rd minute, when Aleksandar Katai assisted Schweinsteiger for his second goal of the season. It looked as the Revolution might be held in check, but an otherwise-solid Richard Sanchez, pressured by Diego Fagundez in the 82nd minute, lost the handle on a ball he was in position to scoop up. Bunbury pounced on the loose ball to drive home his ninth goal of the year — delivering a road result for the Revs in the process.
63′ – CHI – Bastian Schweinsteiger
82′ – NE – Teal Bunbury