Zlatan Ibrahimović recorded his second hat-trick of the season in the LA Galaxy’s 7-2 rout of Sporting Kansas City. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimović was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week for the 28th week of the season, it was announced Monday.
Ibrahimović recorded a hat-trick in the Galaxy’s 7-2 home victory over Sporting Kansas City Sunday, the third of his MLS career and second this season, while breaking a club record for goals in a season. The Swede has 26 goals, second-most in MLS, to go along with four assists this season. Ibrahimović needs six goals over the Galaxy’s remaining four matches to break the MLS season goal-scoring record. LA sits fifth in the Western Conference with 44 points (14-13-3).
After falling behind early in a crucial matchup with postseason implications, Ibrahimović pulled the Galaxy even in the 32nd minute. His attempted penalty kick was saved by a diving stop from SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia, only for Ibrahimović to collect the loose ball in front of goal and finish with a right-footed strike (watch goal).
The Galaxy took a 3-1 lead in the 51st minute on a brilliant display of touch in the box by Ibrahimović, who deflected an inbound pass to himself and fired off a left-footed shot in between two defenders (watch goal). Ibrahimović completed his hat trick in the 85th minute to give LA a 7-1 lead when collecting an Efraín Álvarez pass and firing a left-footed shot into the right side of goal (watch goal).
The Galaxy host the Montreal Impact on at Dignity Health Sports Park Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET, TVAS / ESPN+).
The MLS player of the week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.