Ibrahimovic had goals in the eighth, 56th and 70th minutes as the Galaxy improved to 2-0-2 all-time against their northern neighbors who play 12 miles up the Harbor Freeway in downtown Los Angeles.
In a matchup between the league's top two scorers, Ibrahimovic scored his second hat trick in MLS and led the Galaxy to a 3-2 victory in the first meeting between the two clubs this season.
LAFC, who are on pace to break MLS records for points and goals scored this season, were controlling the offence around the hour point but all it took was one chance for Ibrahimovic to pad the Galaxy's lead.
The unstoppable 37-year-old showed he's still capable of astounding feats by dominating the smaller LAFC defence and scoring when it counted the most for his second career MLS hat trick.More news: Xiaomi Mi A3 to make its Asian debut on July 31
"I have a lot of respect for Vela, he is a good player but you did one mistake, you compare him to me".
Carlos Vela drew a penalty from David Bingham in the opening minutes, and converted the spot kick himself in the 4th minute. Former Arsenal striker Vela stepped up himself to put the visitors ahead with his 20th goal in 20 league games.
'That was your biggest mistake'.
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Vela calmly flicked a shot into the left corner of the net to become the fastest player in MLS history to score 20 goals, doing it in his 20th game.
Ibrahimovic evened it four minutes later when he got the feed from Julian Araujo, split defenders Walker Zimmerman and Eddie Segura and fired a shot from the top of the box that beat LAFC goalie Tyler Miller. "When I go out there, I know what I'm able to prove - and I do it good".
Mexican global Vela rounded out the scoring in extra time by right footing a shot home but Ibrahimovic's heroics had already taken the fire out of the LAFC offence.More news: Oilers trade Lucic to Flames for Neal