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David Beckham sees Inter Miami lose the play-offs as Phil Neville’s team slide to 17th defeat

David Beckham sees Inter Miami lose the play-offs when Phil Neville says his team “ did not deserve the applause of the fans ” after falling in their 17th loss of the season

  • Inter Miami lost 3-1 to New York City FC in the Eastern Conference on Saturday
  • Two devastating winless streaks this season had crushed Miami’s playoff hopes
  • Phil Neville’s team relied on other teams’ results to keep his chances alive
  • But owner David Beckham watched how the loss meant Miami was lost.


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Inter Miami owner David Beckham watched his team slide towards its 17th loss of the season, losing 3-1 to New York City FC.

Phil Neville’s team faced an uphill battle to reach the play-offs before the game, relying on miracles elsewhere to keep their hopes alive, but the loss was the last nail in the coffin of their chances.

Beckham’s MLS franchise has struggled this season as two devastating winless streaks during this span all but burned Miami’s chances of reaching the play-offs.

The Miami owner was present when his team's play-off opportunities eluded them.

Phil Neville's team faced an uphill battle to reach the play-offs before the game

Phil Neville's team faced an uphill battle to reach the play-offs before the game

David Beckham watched as Phil Neville’s team lost 3-1 to New York City FC on Saturday

The Inter Miami boss has seen his franchise struggle this season with two winless streaks

The Inter Miami boss has seen his franchise struggle this season with two winless streaks

The Inter Miami boss has seen his franchise struggle this season with two winless streaks

But the Miami manager has backed his former Manchester United teammate Neville to turn things around next season.

Former England international backs former teammate to turn Miami's fortunes

Former England international backs former teammate to turn Miami's fortunes

Former England international backs former teammate to turn Miami’s fortunes

Inter Miami faces a fight after MLS bosses stripped the club of transfer money following financial irregularities surrounding the signing of Frenchman Blaise Matuidi last August.

But Neville enjoys the challenge, despite being disappointed with the end of this season.

‘I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect this to end better. So I’m disappointed by that and I take responsibility for that, ” he said, via Sun.

But honestly, I can’t wait to attack next season as quickly as possible.

“We have big plans and this football club will continue to grow.

‘I spoke to the owners this week in terms of their expectations and ambitions, and it hasn’t changed since day one. They want to win. They want us to be successful. They want to compete, and that’s where we are really aligned. ‘

Valentin Castellanos took advantage of Miami’s defensive oversight by launching home from 18 yards to put New York ahead in the 33rd minute.

Gonzalo Higuaín almost gave Neville’s team the equalizer in the first half before Nicolás Figal tied in the 56th minute.

Valentin Castellanos (left) opened the scoring as he headed home to New York in the 33rd minute.

Valentin Castellanos (left) opened the scoring as he headed home to New York in the 33rd minute.

Valentin Castellanos (left) opened the scoring as he headed home to New York in the 33rd minute.

Former Chelsea forward Gonzalo Higuaín had the best chance to equalize for Miami in the first half

Former Chelsea forward Gonzalo Higuaín had the best chance to equalize for Miami in the first half

Former Chelsea forward Gonzalo Higuaín had the best chance to equalize for Miami in the first half

Castellanos landed his second at the end of a fluid movement to regain the lead before Talles Magno struck with seven minutes to go.

“We have the best fans and we didn’t deserve their applause at the end,” Neville added.

“We wanted to help create a memory for Federico and set the tone for our expectations for the future.

After the loss, Neville praised the Miami fans as the best fans in the world.

After the loss, Neville praised the Miami fans as the best fans in the world.

After the loss, Neville praised the Miami fans as the best fans in the world.

“Nothing I saw surprised me or showed me anything different than what I already know about this team.

‘We have a great task ahead of us. We owed our fans a good farewell, but we lost focus and discipline.

The ‘other clubs’ fans would not have stayed at the end to support us after what happened there, but their support has been unwavering.

“In this league you get punished for the shortest concentration period and you need all the players to go in the right direction. You need a collective spirit, but it will take time.

Higuain, one of the highest earning players, is considering retiring as he is a player Neville could trade.

Higuain, one of the highest earning players, is considering retiring as he is a player Neville could trade.

Higuain, one of the highest earning players, is considering retiring as he is a player Neville could trade.

“We have to create a squad with players who are more interested in the team than in themselves.”

The Miami coach will seek to transfer top winners Gonzalo Higuaín, Rodolfo Pizarro and Matuidi with the former Chelsea hit man considering following his brother into retirement.

Miami will travel to the leaders of the Eastern conference, New England, on Saturday for the last game of the season.

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