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NYCFC eliminates Miami from playoff contention

October 30, 2021 GMT
New York City FC midfielder Valentin Castellanos, left, and Inter Miami defender Christian Makoun battle for the ball, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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New York City FC midfielder Valentin Castellanos, left, and Inter Miami defender Christian Makoun battle for the ball, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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New York City FC midfielder Valentin Castellanos, left, and Inter Miami defender Christian Makoun battle for the ball, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Valentín Castellanos scored two goals to stay in the mix for the Golden Boot award and New York City FC beat Inter Miami 3-1 on Saturday.

New York City (14-11-8) eliminated Miami (11-17-5) from playoff contention.

Castellanos’ 18 goals are the most by a NYCFC player in a single season since David Villa had three seasons with 18-plus goals from 2015-17. Castellanos entered the day one behind scoring leader Ola Kamara of D.C. United.

Castellanos scored in the 33rd minute for a 1-0 lead. He received a pass from Keaton Parks about 25 yards out, took three touches and sent it past goalkeeper John McCarthy.

Castellanos made it 2-1 on a breakaway in the 60th for his fourth goal against Miami this season. He added his eighth assists of the season in the 83rd on Talles Magno’s goal.

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