Highlights from the MLS including goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, action from Wayne Rooney's new club DC United and details about the biggest attendance in world football on Saturday
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first-half double was not enough to give LA Galaxy victory in the California Clasico as the San Jose Earthquakes fought back to earn a 3-3 draw.
The former Manchester United striker smashed home the opener after just 60 seconds and his second in the 25th minute made it 3-1 to the Galaxy.
But Vako Qazaishvili pulled a goal back before half-time and Chris Wondolowski tucked away a penalty in the 69th minute to hand San Jose a share of the spoils.
Wondolowski had missed an early spot-kick but slotted home the rebound to equalise, only for Romain Alessandrini to restore LA’s advantage.
Cristian Penilla scored twice as Wayne Rooney’s new club D.C. United lost 3-2 against New England Revolution.
Penilla opened the scoring on 18 minutes, converting Krisztian Nemeth’s cross, but Yamil Asad inadvertently deflected a free-kick home to level the contest on 43 minutes.
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Parity was short-lived, though, as Teal Bunbury restored New England’s lead in first-half stoppage-time with his 10th goal of the season.
Spirited D.C fought back again through Asad, who converted a 73rd-minute penalty, but Penilla had the final word with a penalty of his own five minutes later.
The defeat leaves United rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference, five points adrift and with their play-off hopes dwindling.
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Adama Diomande became the first player to score a hat-trick for Los Angeles FC in their 4-1 victory over Philadelphia Union.
Diomande opened the scoring on 25 minutes, slotting home from a tight angle, before doubling the lead two minutes before the interval with a tap-in from Mark-Anthony Kaye’s cross.
Fabrice-Jean Picault managed to halve the deficit before half-time but Diomande restored LA’s two-goal lead with his third on 55 minutes before Latif Blessing rounded off the victory in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
Miguel Almiron scored twice and Josef Martinez added a goal and an assist as Atlanta United thrashed Orlando City 4-0 in front of the biggest attendance in world football on Saturday.
A staggering 71,932 tickets were sold for the clash at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium – more than both of Saturday’s last-16 matches at the World Cup – and Atlanta didn’t disappoint, inflicting Orlando’s eighth defeat in a row.
Ezequiel Barco was also on target as Atlanta consolidated their six-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Gyasi Zardes and Eduardo Sosa were on target as Columbus Crew ended a five-game winless run with a 2-1 triumph over Real Salt Lake.
Zardes opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the sixth minute after Danilo Acosta brought down Luis Argudo in the area – his 11th goal of the season – before Sosa doubled the lead on 23 minutes.
Albert Rusnak’s fourth goal of the season pulled one back for Real Salt Lake but it failed to inspire a comeback as Columbus Crew held on for a vital three points.
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Portland Timbers overcame a spirited Seattle Sounders outfit 3-2 to extend their unbeaten MLS run to 10 games.
The Timbers marched into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Larrys Mabiala (48) and Samuel Armenteros (57) but they were pegged back as Victor Rodriguez (60) and Chad Marshall (68) found the net in quick succession.
But Seattle’s resolve was broken for a third time on 74 minutes as Mabiala notched his second of the evening for the Timbers, who last tasted defeat on April 8.
Aleksandar Katai scored a stunning second-half double as Chicago Fire came from behind to beat New York City FC 2-1 at Toyota Park.
Nemanja Nikolic raced through the New York defence to give the hosts a sixth-minute lead but two goals in four minutes from Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and Jo Inge Berget saw the visitors lead at the break.
Katai then took matters into his own hands with a quick-fire double at the start of the second period, bending the equaliser home on 47 minutes before waltzing into the area and firing the winner five minutes later.
The defeat leaves New York six points behind Atlanta at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Montreal Impact – their first defeat in eight matches.
Ignacio Piatti opened the scoring for Montreal early in the second half and Alejandro Silva dispatched a penalty after Daniel Lovitz was tripped by Ike Opara inside the area.
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