Zlatan Ibrahimovic has recorded his second hat trick in Major League Soccer as LA Galaxy defeated rival Los Angeles FC 3-2 on Friday night in their first meeting of the season.
The 37-year-old Swedish star became second in the league with 16 goals scored in the eighth, 56th and 70th after the first MLS hat trick came last season against Orlando City.
Ibrahimovic has six goals in four matches against LAFC in the rivalry nicknamed “El Trafico”.
MLS scoring leader Carlos Vela scored twice for LAFCs. The forward has 21 goals in 20 games and is the fastest to reach 20 goals in a season in MLS history.
LAFC dropped just its third match in 21 matches. It leads MLS with 46 points, but has not been able to beat its rival during its two seasons. The Galaxy (12-8-1) — who moved into second in the Western Conference with 37 points have two wins while the other two ended in ties.