Zlatan Ibrahimovic said adrenaline carried him through his fairytale debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday after two late goals completed a second half fightback for a dramatic 4-3 win over LAFC. Ibrahimovic, who came on as a substitute in the 71st minute, scored six minutes into his first MLS game with a dipping 35-metre shot before heading home the victor in the 91st minute, sending the sell-out crowd of 27,068 into a frenzy on a sun-soaked day in Southern California.
Speaking after the clash, Ibrahimovic said: "I felt I played 40 games for my 20 minutes".
The striker capped his incredible debut with a stoppage-time victor that gave the Galaxy the unlikely win, providing the team's faithful with exactly what they wanted when they chanted his name just before he entered the contest with his side down two goals.
An own goal early in the second half extended LAFC's lead to 3-0, but Sebastian Lletget pulled one back for the home side on the hour mark.
Chicago Fire were held to a 2-2 draw by the Portland Timbers, although the Illinoisans notched their first point of the season with the tie.
"I want to send a message to our fans", Chicago coach Veljko Paunovic said. I know in my head what the game is. Ibrahimovic is 36. Vela, while having nowhere near the star wattage of the Swede, is typical of the younger but less celebrated players coming to the league while still in their prime.
"You need to adjust for the weather, you need to adjust for the team, the way it plays". Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan made three saves for the clean sheet.
Sean Johnson made nine saves, five after the 60th minute to preserve City's lead.
"I think it's definitely the balance and what we need to figure out and do better", San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski said.
Teal Bunbury opened the scoring in the 15th minute for New England (2-1-1), finishing a 4-on-2 break sprung by Penilla's takeaway.
Sporting Kansas City were put 1-0 up over DC United in the third minute by Felipe Gutierrez, which proved to be unassailable. "I said I will save strength to play another 15 minutes". Dominique Badji scored in the 53rd, 61st, and 87th minutes. This time, it was defender Kelvin Leerdam in the 40th minute after he undercut Daniel Lovitz when the Impact defender leaped for a ball on the left side near midfield.