Seattle Sounders again showed they are the class act of MLS with a resounding 2-0 home win over LAFC on Sunday night.
The Sounders have beaten both Los Angeles teams plus the Portland Timbers in their last three games, while also securing a road draw against LAFC.
Xavier Arreaga scored the opener in the 57th minute. Joao Paulo, who has made an impressive start to the season, provided the assist from a corner.
Brad Smith scored his third goal of the season in the 73rd minute after an assist from Cristian Roldan.
The defending Western Conference champions remain undefeated, with 16 points from six games.
Meanwhile, LAFC return home for a Saturday tilt against Colorado Rapids. The Black and Gold are now in last place in the 13-team Western Conference with five points from five games. Paddy Power has LAFC at 4/5 with Colorado Rapids at 37/10 and a draw at 33/10.
Inter Miami prove Cincinnati party poopers
The atmosphere was festive in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sunday as TQL Stadium played host to its first-ever game. However, no one told Inter Miami FC not to spoil the party. Gonzalo Higuain scored in the 85th minute to lift the visitors to a 3-2 win in front of a COVID-limited crowd of 6,000.
Nick Hagglund had levelled the game in the 82nd minute to help Jaap Stam's Cincinnati erase a 2-0 deficit. However, Higuain stole the points to give Phil Neville's side their second win of the season.
Former USMNT midfielder Brek Shea scored the opener in the seventh minute for Miami and Higuain made it 2-0 just before half-time.
The win gives Miami eight points from six games to put them seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Cincinnati remain one of two winless teams in the East, with one point from four games.
Cincinnati now head on the road to face Montreal CF in Florida on Saturday. Cincinnati are 7/2 with Montreal at 4/5 and a draw at 14/5.
Miami will be back on the road on Saturday against the other winless Eastern Conference team, Chicago Fire. Paddy Power has Miami at 9/5, with Chicago at 6/4 and a draw at 21/8.
Columbus adrift after losing Crew
Substitute Adam Buksa scored the only goal of the game in the 86th minute to keep the Revolution atop the Eastern Conference.
Columbus have been held goalless in four of their first five games this season and they tallied just one shot on goal Sunday.
The defending champions are 11th in the East with five points from five games.
New England will host the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night. Paddy Power has the Revs at 9/10 with RBNY at 16/5 and a draw at 14/5.
Columbus head to NYCFC desperate for a win. Paddy Power has Columbus 4/1 with NYCFC 6/10 and a draw at 3/1