Zlatan Ibrahimovic demonstrated a flare for the dramatic when he scored two late goals in MLS debut to give the LA Galaxy a 4-3 win over LAFC at StubHub Center.
He appeared to have done it again, scoring in the 78th minute what appeared to be the
go-ahead goal, but it was ruled offside. Instead of being 3-2 for the Galaxy, who trailed 2-0 less than 20 minute earlier, the Red Bulls went on to win 3-2 after being awarded a controversial penalty
Ibra helped the Galaxy come back from 2-0 down in the second half, assisting on goals by Ola Kamara and Giovani dos Santos. It looked like the Galaxy had gone ahead on
an Ibrahimovic goal, but he was ruled offside.
The decision to call Ibra offside had Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid seething. He termed the officiating "awful" and said he wasn't
sure if was a fan of VAR any more after the ruling wasn't overturned.
"You watch Ibra’s goal, which would have made it 3-2, and the linesman ends up calling offside," he said. "If
you watch the replay of the linesman, he almost dropped the flag he was so nervous putting the flag up. If he lets the goal stand, then they don’t overturn it the other way. But because he calls
offsides, they feel it’s not clear. But when you watch the replay, he’s clearly onside."
The Red Bulls won on young Argentine Alejandro Romero Gamarra's penalty kick in
the 84th minute after a handball was called on Galaxy defender David Romney -- another decision Schmid had questions about.
Despite the loss, the Galaxy is still tied for fifth
place in the Western Conference if only because just three teams in the conference have winning record.