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Podcast: Zlatan is hard to put into words or stats

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his second hat trick in ten games and now holds the LA Galaxy single-season goalscoring record. Is there anything he can’t do in MLS?

COG STUDIOS, Calif. — The LA Galaxy blew Sporting KC out of the water on Sunday night. They scored six goals in the second half, scored seven goals total, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic got his second hat trick in the last ten games.

And with three other goalscorers in the boxscore, the Galaxy got contributions across the entire team.

But not everything was perfect. There were some defensive lapses, and Sporting missed some clear chances. The Galaxy, however, should be celebrating this win, and Ibrahimovic as he set club history as he chases MLS history.

On today’s show, your hosts Josh Guesman (Galaxy Beat Reporter) and Kevin Baxter (LA Times Soccer Reporter), are getting you into the stats, and into details of a game that saw nine goals scored. And remember, this game was at one’s at halftime.

They try to explain what they see with Ibrahimovic and why he’s so much better than even our eyes are telling us. He’s one of the most dominant players in MLS history, and he hasn’t even played two complete seasons. But is he the best player in MLS history?

And will any of this confidence from Ibrahimovic, Lletget, Corona, or the rest of the team carry over against a Montreal team that could be a trap game?

Plus, because of the scoreline, this is going to get buried, but the referees messed up this game badly. A blatant, cheap shot trip, was missed on Ibrahimovic in the penalty box, and a horror tackle wasn’t given as a red card.

With referees tasked with protecting players, who does Rolf Feltscher get kicked in the head, and how is Cristian Pavon scissor tackled from behind without a red card?

And Josh will definitely do his best to dismiss the most common excuse for lousy refereeing decisions. Does he have a point? Or is he off the ledge on this one?

We’ve got over 60-minutes of Galaxy-talk to try and put one of the most eventful games in Galaxy history into perspective.

But the focus shifts to Montreal, and we’re here to get you ready!

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