It has been a very intriguing gameweek in the MLS ahead of the international break - here are the main stories.
Inter Miami blown out by D.C. United
A bad week off the field with record fines and punishments became even worse on the field for Phil Neville and David Beckham as Inter Miami got crushed on Sunday 3-0 against D.C. United. The league made an example out of Miami for their roster violations with a $2million fine, while their allocation dollars for the next two seasons were reduced by $2.27million.
On the field, Miami had taken a big step forward with a win over FC Cincinnati two weekends ago, but now they have been shut out in consecutive games. Ola Kamara scored twice for United and Paul Arriola, back from his loan with Swansea City, had a goal and an assist. Arriola hadn't scored in MLS action since August 31, 2019, and Kamara logged his first career brace.
The loss was doubly painful as it was the first-ever game for Inter Miami with a full-capacity crowd at DRV PNK Stadium. Miami's midfielders did very little to slow down Arriola all game long as he orchestrated every opportunity United had going forward. A couple of near misses and post-hits prevented United from two or even three more goals and a complete blowout.
Neville will need to figure things out over the international break as Miami's next game is also against D.C. United. They will travel to Washington D.C. on Saturday, June 19, in the next contest for both teams.
NYCFC knock off LAFC in showdown
The biggest name showdown of the weekend involved two teams not living up to their reputations. NYCFC and LAFC both began the season among the favourites to win the MLS Cup and were looking to get three big points before the break.
LAFC scored first, but their tough start to the season continued when Jesus Medina tied the game in the 70th minute and Ismael Tajouri won it at the death for NYCFC. The Pigeons went down to 10 men when Nicolas Acevedo was sent off in the 86th minute, but they still pulled off the win.
The three points moved Ronny Deila's side into a four-way tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 11 points from seven games. NYCFC sit above Montreal, Columbus and Nashville thanks to their +6 goal difference. They also have a game in hand over the top two teams in the East, New England and Philadelphia.
NYCFC will host New England in the first game after the break and ninth-place LAFC will host Houston.
Own goal leads LA Galaxy to win
LA Galaxy continued their resurgence on Sunday thanks to an own goal from the San Jose Earthquakes. The Galaxy won the California Clasico at home after Samuel Grandsir's cross was deflected in by Tanner Beason.
Beason cleared the ball off the line earlier in the game to keep it goalless and Tommy Thompson also headed a shot off the line for the Earthquakes. Galaxy keeper Jonathan Bond made multiple big saves, including a show-stopping double save in the 82nd minute. Bond finished the game with 12 saves as the Galaxy bounced back from a 3-0 defeat to the Portland Timbers last week.
The Galaxy are now in third place in the Western Conference with 15 points from seven games. They will host the top-of-the-table Seattle Sounders in a big showdown on June 19. San Jose are now in sixth place in the West and they return to action at Austin FC's highly anticipated home opener on June 19.