Galaxy will try to hold on to this mo­men­tum

L.A. has strug­gled to main­tain leads but is un­beaten in its last six MLS matches.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Ethan Bauer ethan.bauer@latimes.com

When Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic ex­ited last week in the 71st minute, the re­sult wasn’t in doubt.

The Galaxy had had trou­ble hold­ing on to leads, but this time they were well on their way to a 4-0 win over Colum­bus at StubHub Cen­ter, with Ibrahi­movic, the team’s top scorer, con­tribut­ing a penalty-kick goal.

The win marked the Galaxy’s largest mar­gin of vic­tory in a Ma­jor League Soc­cer game since July 4, 2015. The Galaxy (7-7-4) will try to build on that suc­cess Satur­day when it trav­els to face the New England Revo­lu­tion (7-4-7) at Gil­lette Sta­dium (4:30 p.m. PDT).

The win over Colum­bus was wel­come af­ter draws against D.C. United and San Jose, and a 1-0 loss to Port­land in the U.S. Open Cup. How­ever, the Galaxy are un­beaten in their last six MLS matches.

Ibrahi­movic has four goals over the last three games. He leads the team with 11 goals. Ro­main Alessan­drini, who led the team in goals last sea­son, has come on strong, with two of his five goals com­ing against Colum­bus and an­other against San Jose.

The big prob­lem for L.A. has been pre­serv­ing leads.

The Galaxy held a 3-1 lead over the Earth­quakes 25 min­utes into the game. San Jose tied it in the 69th minute. Against D.C. United, the Galaxy held a 2-0 lead af­ter 25 min­utes. One minute later the lead was 2-1, and af­ter L.A.’s of­fense went quiet, D.C. tied the score in the 85th minute.

The Revo­lu­tion, mean­while, are rid­ing a string of sim­i­lar re­sults. New England has tied three of its last four matches, in­clud­ing its most re­cent, a score­less tie with Seat­tle.

Jae C. Hong As­so­ci­ated Press

ZLA­TAN IBRAHI­MOVIC (9) is the Galaxy’s lead­ing scorer this sea­son with 11 goals in 14 games.

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