Parkhurst and Larentowicz, with more than 500 starts in MLS between them, weren’t tricked by Ibrahimovic’s one-touch passes, and didn’t let him get too close to the penalty box. Often, Ibrahimovic was forced to drift deeper and deeper down the field to get the ball.
During the second half, Ibrahimovic showed a crack of exasperation when he played a simple pass to a teammate at midfield who then turned over the ball.
“He still finds spots, but whether you are stopping him directly or cutting off whoever is trying to supply him, I thought we did a pretty good job with that,” Larentowicz said.
The Galaxy finished with seven shots, just one on goal.