Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a perfect hat-trick as LA Galaxy enjoyed a 3-2 derby victory against Western Conference rivals Los Angeles FC.
The 37-year-old this week claimed to be the best player in Major League Soccer, and few can argue after this display.
Carlos Vela is the league’s top scorer and he opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the fourth minute.
But Ibrahimovic equalised shortly afterwards with a stunning strike, controlling a long pass before lobbing the ball over the head of Eduard Atuesta and volleying the ball past goalkeeper Tyler Miller.
The Swede headed in a Diego Polenta cross after 56 minutes and rifled in a left-foot shot with 20 minutes to play to complete his treble.
Former Arsenal striker Vela scored his second deep into stoppage time to take his tally for the season to 21, but Galaxy held on.
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo said on Monday that he wanted to bring players to “add quality to the squad” in the “out of normal” transfer market.
He also dismissed suggestions his team will challenge for a top-six finish.
Wolves are in Shanghai preparing for their Premier League Asia Trophy opener against Newcastle United in Nanjing on Wednesday.
Manchester City and West Ham United are also taking part in the tournament which is being played across two locations – Nanjing and Shanghai.
Conor Coady, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Diogo Jota are among the travelling party for Wolves, while Raul Jimenez has been allowed some extra time off after winning the Nations League with Portugal.
Premier League winners City had their flight cancelled twice on Saturday and Sunday due to “unforeseen administrative issue”.
Sweden great Zlatan Ibrahimovic showered praise on his 17-year-old team-mate Efrain Alvarez ahead of the LA Galaxy’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday in Carson, California.
Alvarez has been a breakout star for the Galaxy in Major League Soccer this season and his supreme performances have not gone unnoticed.
See ex-Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus striker Ibrahimovic speak about the teenager in the video above: