Gonzalo Higuain scored the winner as resurgent Inter Miami continued their excellent run of form with a fifth straight home win beating Columbus Crew 1-0 in the MLS on Saturday.
Higuain struck the winner in the 16th minute for Inter who have claimed 13 points from their past five matches to surge up to ninth in the Eastern Conference.
Inter had endured a six-game losing span in May and June but Phil Neville’s side have bounced back, losing only once in their past 10.
The former Real Madrid forward swooped on a wayward back pass from Josh Williams, taking a touch inside the box and dinking a shot over Crew keeper Eloy Room, with Vito Wormgoor unable to clear it on the line.
Nueve del 9
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) September 12, 2021
New England maintained their stronghold on the lead at the top of the table with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over 10-man New York City.
Santiago Rodriguez had put City ahead with an 11th-minute volley before Revolution midfielder Emmanuel Boateng drive in a low leveller 10 minutes later. Tom McNamara may have put New England ahead when he hit the post late in the half.
Alfredo Morales was sent off for a second bookable offence, an heavy tackle on McNamara, early in the second half.
New England capitalized with in-form Tajon Buchanan coming up with a 65th minute winner from Carles Gil’s assist.
One. Touch. Masterclass.
@tajonbuchnanan is a bad, bad man. pic.twitter.com/XZfzU1rpMU
— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) September 12, 2021
Nashville maintained their strong season with a 1-0 victory on the road over Montreal after Walker Zimmerman’s glancing 66th-minute header, keeping them second in the Eastern Conference behind New England.
Sporting KC struck twice inside the first 10 minutes from Jose Mauri and Johnny Russell as they won 2-0 over Chicago Fire to stay in touch with Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders.
Colorado Rapids squandered an opportunity to temporarily go top in the west after Samuel Grandsir’s late equalizer for LA Galaxy in a 1-1 draw. The Rapids instead slip to third below KC.
Seattle Sounders remained first in the west with a 1-0 home win over Minnesota United thanks to Joao Paulo’s 22nd-minute strike.
Teenage sensation Ricardo Pepi scored his 12th goal of the season as Dallas drew 1-1 with San Jose Earthquakes, while lowly Houston Dynamo won 3-0 over fellow Texas outfit Austin.
New York Red Bulls continue to struggle for wins, only managing a 1-1 home draw with DC United after a controversial penalty award for a Sean Nealis handball.
Cincinnati snapped their three-game losing run with a 2-0 home win over struggling Toronto, who have lost five in a row.
You see this, Gregg?
17-year-old Justin Che sends in the cross and 18-year-old Ricardo Pepi scores again. pic.twitter.com/yTAxlLMIYe
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) September 12, 2021
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