Inter Miami continue to slide, plus New York Red Bulls take derby bragging rights

With just five rounds left in the MLS regular season, the play-off picture is starting to come into focus.

The Supporters Shield is all but wrapped up for New England Revolution following Seattle's shock 2-1 defeat to Houston. Meanwhile, the LA Galaxy, Atlanta United, Orlando City, and Real Salt Lake all picked up victories.

Inter Miami's Play-off Hopes Extinguished

In a game crucial to their play-off hopes, Inter Miami failed to score for a fourth successive time as they were taken apart by Columbus Crew.

Gyasi Zardes scored a brace while Pedro Santos also found the back of the net. The Crew led 3-0 before Miami scored an own goal in the final 10 minutes to end any chance of a comeback.

Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zardes (11) plays the ball during a match between the New England Revolution and the Columbus Crew SC on September 18, 2021

Miami's offense has completely vanished over the last month. On Saturday, they produced just two shots with only one finding the target. At the same time, they allowed 15 shots, five corners and nearly 60% of the possession.

Phil Neville's squad were at full strength with Gonzalo Higuain and Robbie Robinson up top. Gregore, Blaise Matuidi, and Indiana Vassilev manned the midfield as usual but were unable to control the game at all. Rodolfo Pizarro was not selected.

Inter Miami's Phil Neville

Miami are now five points behind Columbus Crew and they need to jump three other teams to make post-season. They are nine points behind CF Montreal with five games left and have no more margin for error.

The Herons will return home after being outscored 7-0 during their four-game away losing streak - six straight defeats in total.

They host Toronto FC on Wednesday and FC Cincinnati on Saturday. Planet Sport Bet has Miami at 1/1 to get their first win in a month while TFC are 23/10 and the draw is 12/5.

Red Bulls Paint New York Red

The Hudson Derby on Sunday saw the New York Red Bulls win 1-0 with a third-minute goal from Cristian Casseres. The player won a free kick on the right-wing and headed in a rebound that resulted from the set piece.

The Red Bulls clinched the season series against NYCFC with two wins and a draw. The two teams are now tied in the standings.

NYCFC actually controlled the possession at 63%, but both teams had two shots on goal. The Bulls had the better chances, 3-1, and had more corners 5-3 as they kept pushing forward all game long.

Andrew Gutman (5) of Red Bulls and Heber (9) of NYCFC fight for the ball during regular MLS game at Red Bull Arena.

Both teams are now tied for eighth place, one point behind Montreal for the final play-off spot.

The teams have identical 11-7-11 records while NYCFC has a better goal differential, +11 to +5, and they have more goals scored than RBNY 44-35.

Despite this, NYCFC haven't scored in over 400 minutes, and they are winless in the last five games as their slide continues.

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The Red Bulls have five wins and two draws from their last seven matches, making a play-off push that seemed unlikely at the beginning of September.

NYCFC travel to Atlanta United on Wednesday, desperate to get their offense going.

Atlanta are in fifth place with 42 points, and Planet Sport Bet has them priced at 7/5 to beat NYCFC. The Pigeons would jump Atlanta with a win, and they are priced at 8/5 while the draw is 12/5.

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RBNY have made the postseason every year since 2009, and their path to the play-offs continues this weekend with a trip to Columbus.

The Crew are three points behind both New York sides and will play in Nashville on Wednesday while the Red Bulls wait until Saturday to play again.

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