LA Galaxy 1, New England Revolution 2 | 2019 MLS Match Recap

Bruce Arena did not want to be a distraction for his New England Revolution side when they visited the LA Galaxy on Sunday evening. He wasn't, as the Revs claimed a win in Arena's first match on the sidelines with his new team, defeating his former club 2-1 at Dignity Health Sports Complex. 

Cristian Penilla and Teal Bunbury notched goals on either side of the break before Zlatan Ibrahimovic cut the lead in half late in the match on a fantastic bicycle kick, but the Revs would hold on for the full three points. 

An even first half appeared headed to the break scoreless, until Penilla made a run at goal from the left side and hit a hard shot that Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham couldn't handle to open the scoring. 

The Revs doubled the lead 15 minutes into the second when Teal Bunbury took a through ball from Carles Gil onto goal and placed a shot past Bingham. 

Zlatan got the Galaxy back into it with an acrobatic overhead shot for a goal, and Diego Polenta nearly tied it in the dying seconds of stoppage time but his shot clanked off the crossbar. 


  • 45’ — NE — Cristian Penilla | WATCH
  • 60’ — NE — Teal Bunbury | WATCH
  • 84’ — LA — Zlatan Ibrahimovic | WATCH

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: The Galaxy were forced to replace Sebastian Lleget early on after the winger suffered a hamstring injury in the opening minutes. They remain second in the West, though they've now lost three consecutive home matches. The Revs have quietly put together a four-game unbeaten run since the coaching change, and have only conceded three goals during the span — a massive improvement from the 18 allowed in the previous four games. 

    : Carles Gil had two nice passes to set up the Revs goals, but ... just look at this again from the 37-year-old Zlatan: 

  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Gil's vision and creativity set up both goals, as he sprung Penilla and Bunbury for solo runs at the 'keeper. 

  • Next Up

    • LA: Wednesday, June 12 vs. Orange County FC, U.S. Open Cup 4th Round (10:30 pm ET | ESPN+ in US)
    • NE: Tuesday, June 11 at New York Red Bulls, U.S. Open Cup 4th Round (7:30 pm ET | ESPN+ in US)