LA Galaxy 2-3 FC Dallas: Zlatan Ibrahimovic shines on return but hosts slump to defeat
Last Updated: 31/05/18 8:04am
Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from his one-game ban to score twice but Los Angeles Galaxy fell to a 3-2 defeat against FC Dallas.
The Galaxy had won two games in a row and hoped to continue the trend when they welcomed back Ibrahimovic, who sat out a match after receiving a red card for slapping Montreal's Michael Petrasso on May 21.
But FC Dallas, solidifying their status as Major League Soccer Western Conference contenders, had all-but wrapped up the three points by the time Ibrahimovic took centre stage.
Ryan Hollingshead scored his first goal of the season in the 33rd minute as he finished off a crisp move by the visitors.
Hollingshead then set up the visitors' second goal, his cross from the left headed in by Cristian Colman shortly before the interval.
After Ibrahimovic had a goal ruled out for offside just after the hour mark, the Galaxy squandered two glorious opportunities from set pieces.
Dallas made them pay, seizing a 3-0 lead in the 66th minute after Michael Barrios' shot forced a one-handed save from Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham but Carlos Gruezo headed home the rebound.
Former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic raised hopes of a comeback with 21 minutes remaining and the hosts gained an edge when Colman was sent off in the 80th.
The Swedish talisman then took further advantage of the extra man with a goal in second-half stoppage time, but Dallas held on for victory.
It was another disappointing home defeat for the Galaxy, who have lost more matches at StubHub Center than they have won.
Dallas, meanwhile, extended their unbeaten run to five games and on 23 points, two behind Western Conference leaders Kansas City.