The LA Galaxy defeated Sporting Kansas City 2-0 Wednesday night at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City. Here are three things we learned from that match:
Someone else scores
The Galaxy are beginning the process of diversifying their attack, and Favio Alvarez scored his first MLS goal Wednesday night. This was key for LA because 11 of the team’s 21 goals have been scored by one player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It is important that Ibrahimovic continues scoring, but it’s also important not to be over reliant on one player.
Alvarez has played 221 minutes over three games so far for the Galaxy, with three shots on goal of his 8 shots total. This match was the first time Ibrahimovic and Alvarez played together, and both scored.
“[Ibrahimovic] is very important in our team,” head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said. “He gives a lot of confidence to the players playing next to him. In this case, it was our first game with Alvarez and him on the field. They could get along and we were able to score. I am very happy.”
Breaking bad streak
Before Wednesday night, the Galaxy’s last win in Kansas City came in 2007. Players generally try not to focus on statistics like that heading into matches, but it does provide some relief when a streak that is over a decade long is finally broken.
“They’re a good team,” midfielder Sebastian Lletget said of Kansas City. “I don’t think I’ve ever won here. This is my first time. It’s a tough place to play. Coming off two away wins, it’s huge for us.”
The Galaxy now have a two game winning streak, both road games, after going four straight losses.
Returning to the fold
Two key players made an impact on their return to the starting line up. Ibrahimovic returned after serving a two-game suspension and midfielder Perry Kitchen made his first start of the season after returning from an ankle injury. Ibrahimovic notched a goal and an assist, while Kitchen earned assists on both goals of the night.
“To get him back in the rhythm and having him out there, obviously it’s going to help the team” Lletget said of Ibrahimovic. “I’m glad he got his goal. It was a killer goal. It was an insurance one and it killed the game off.”