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MLS: Higuain fires for Inter Miami in good shape, Buchanan claims New England leadership

Gonzalo Higuain scored the winning goal as resurrected Inter Miami resumed superb form with a fifth home win in a row against Columbus Crew 1-0 in the MLS on Saturday.

Higuain scored the winning goal in the 16th minute for Inter, who have taken 13 points from their last five games and moved up to ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

Inter lost six games in May and June but Phil Neville’s side have recovered, losing only once in the last 10.

The former Real Madrid striker fell on an idiosyncratic back pass from Josh Williams, took a touch in the penalty area and slammed a shot over crew keeper Eloy Room, Vito Wormgoor unable to clear him on the line.

New England maintained their stronghold at the top of the table with a 2-1 win over 10-man New York City.

Santiago Rodriguez volleyed City into the lead in the 11th minute before Revolution midfielder Emmanuel Boateng scored a low level 10 minutes later. Tom McNamara could have given New England the lead when he hit the post late in the half.

Alfredo Morales was sent off for a second bookable offense, a tough duel against McNamara at the beginning of the second half.

New England benefited from the formally strong Tajon Buchanan, who scored the winning goal in the 65th minute after the assist by Carles Gil.

Nashville maintained its strong season with a 1-0 away win over Montreal after a 66th-minute header from Walker Zimmerman, finishing second in the Eastern Conference behind New England.

Sporting KC beat Jose Mauri and Johnny Russell twice in the first 10 minutes when they beat Chicago Fire 2-0 to keep in touch with the Seattle Sounders, leaders of the Western Conference.

Colorado Rapids gave LA Galaxy a 1-1 draw after Samuel Grandsir’s late equalizer gave LA Galaxy an opportunity to temporarily take the lead in the west. The Rapids instead slide to third place under KC.

The Seattle Sounders stayed first in the west with a 1-0 home win over Minnesota United thanks to Joao Paulo’s 22nd-minute goal.

Teenage sensation Ricardo Pepi scored his twelfth goal of the season when Dallas drew 1-1 with the San Jose Earthquakes, while Houston Dynamo beat his Texas teammate Austin 3-0.

The New York Red Bulls continue to fight for victories and only draw a 1-1 home draw against DC United after a controversial penalty for a handball by Sean Nealis.

Cincinnati ended their streak of three games with a 2-0 home win over struggling Toronto, who have lost five in a row.

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