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NYCFC blank Galaxy for third straight road win

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Heber and Maximiliano Moralez scored goals late in the first half Saturday and visiting New York City FC extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Heber struck first in the 44th minute, while Moralez added a score from the penalty spot six minutes into first-half stoppage time. It is the first time in team history NYCFC (4-1-6, 18 points) has won three consecutive road games.

Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was held without a goal for the second consecutive game as Los Angeles’ losing streak reached three games. It was the first time the Galaxy (7-4-1, 22 points) has lost at home this season in seven games.

As a defensive-minded first half was coming to a close, Heber broke through with his third goal of the season. Midfielder Anton Tinnerholm fired a left-footed shot that was turned away on a diving save by Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham. Hebert jumped on the rebound and fired his own left-footed shot into the net.

Tinnerholm was at it again a few minutes later, earning a shot from the penalty kick when his cross into the penalty area rebounded off the raised arm of Uriel Antuna for a hand ball. Moralez delivered to the bottom left corner of the goal past a diving Bingham for his second tally of the season.

The Galaxy had multiple scoring chances in the 86th minute when Ibrahimovic and Chris Pontius both hit the crossbar.

Ibrahimovic’s frustration seemed to rise to the surface when he grabbed NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson on the side of the neck after his near goal. The players tumbled to the ground with both earning yellow cards.

The Galaxy’s much-improved defense has been exposed of late. After giving up a combined eight goals in the first nine matches of the season, Los Angeles has allowed eight during its three-game skid.

The Galaxy was without offensive playmaker Jonathan Dos Santos, sidelined with a left hamstring injury that occurred during Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the Columbus Crew. Also out for a third consecutive game was right back Julian Araujo (ankle).

REUTERS/Field Level Media

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