In a crucial match for both teams, Sporting Kansas City and the LA Galaxy each took a point home on Saturday night.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic delivered the first goal of the match from the spot after SKC defender Matt Besler was judged to have fouled Ola Kamara as both players attempted to get on a cross delivered by Romain Alessandrini. Ibrahimovic’s goal was his 21st of the season.
The match heated up in intensity after that, with players from both teams coming together on multiple occasions. Another testy moment occurred in first half stoppage time as Galaxy center back Daniel Steres put in what looked like his team’s second goal. The goal was eventually disallowed after Video Review.
Peter Vermes’ team dominated much of the match but David Bingham was able to make several critical saves to keep his team up. But Johnny Russell was finally able to get his team in the scoreboard in the 83rd minute. The Scot danced through the Galaxy defense and placed his ninth goal of the year into the side netting. Graham Zusi nearly found a winner in the 89th minute, but his left-footed shot hit the post.
The draw puts SKC into the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.
25′ — LA — Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PK)
83′ — SKC — Johnny Russell