Ibrahimovic scores twice, Galaxy beat Toronto FC 2-0
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, center, controls the ball between Toronto FC's Chris Mavinga, left, and Liam Fraser during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif., Thursday, July 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
CARSON, Calif. - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, Efrain Alvarez had an assist in his first MLS start and the LA Galaxy beat Toronto FC 2-0 on Thursday night.
The 17-year-old Alvarez curled in a wide cross that looped over the Toronto FC defence. Ibrahimovic headed it while jumping backward, finishing into the right side of the goal in the 75th minute.
Ibrahimovic made it 2-0 for the Galaxy (11-7-1) with his 13th goal of the season in the 89th minute. He settled Emil Cuello's cross and tapped it past Toronto FC goalkeeper Quentin Westberg. It was Cuello's first professional assist.
Toronto FC (6-8-5) had its best chance in the 52nd minute when Alejandro Pozuelo's shot was tipped over the bar by Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham.
Bingham had five saves for his seventh clean sheet of the season.