Alejandro Romero “Kaku” Gamarra converted an 84th-minute penalty kick to send the visiting New York Red Bulls to a 3-2 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night.
The Argentine import’s second MLS goal decided a match in which both New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips and LA’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic transformed from star strikers to providers, contributing two assists each.
Daniel Royer and Florian Valot each scored for New York (4-3-0), which has won after every defeat and lost following every victory thus far this season.
For LA (3-4-1), Ola Kamara scored his first goal since Ibrahimovic became his striking partner earlier this month, and Giovani dos Santos also scored in the Galaxy’s third consecutive home defeat.
All of those losses have come since the Swedish superstar Ibrahimovic signed with LA at the end of last month. But the 36-year-old former AC Milan and Manchester United striker has been productive, scoring three goals and now registering a pair of assists in his first five appearances.
He was the catalyst of a comeback for LA Saturday before referee Allen Chapman awarded a penalty to New York. Kemar Lawrence tried to cross from the left side of the penalty area, and Chapman ruled Lawrence’s attempted pass struck defender Dave Romney’s arm.
The 23-year-old Kamara stepped up and drove a hard finish into the bottom left corner, giving goalkeeper David Bingham no chance at a save.
Royer entered Saturday still searching for his first goal after an unlucky start to the season, but required only seven minutes to put the visitors in front when Wright-Phillips got free on the right and picked him out at the back post.
Wright-Phillips got down the other flank four minutes after halftime before sending in another gross near the six-yard box, this one smashed into the roof of the net by a sliding Valot to make it 2-0.
Down two for a third consecutive home game, the Galaxy responded quickly through Ibrahimovic.
First, the towering Swede played an inch-perfect throughball onto the path of Kamara, who slotted in a clean finish in the 59th minute. Then in the 66th minute, he spotted Romney with a corner kick. Romney headed to dos Santos, who controlled and fired the ball past Luis Robles to tie it at 2-2.
—Field Level Media