Orlando City began a new era on Friday night, and did so with a familiar result.
Just days after firing long-time head coach Adrian Heath, Orlando City and the Houston Dynamo played to a scoreless draw at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Neither side was particularly creative in a match that was delayed slightly because of poor weather, as the two clubs finished with a combined four shots on goal.
While Orlando hogged possession throughout the 90 minutes, the game's best chance came at the foot of Houston veteran Giles Barnes. In the 89th minute, Barnes received a pass and blasted a low shot towards goal from the top of the penalty area. Unfortunately for him and the Dynamo, the ball caromed off the near post and rolled away from the goal.
Houston Dynamo (4-8-6; 18 points) vs. Orlando City SC (4-4-9; 21 points)
MLS Regular Season
July 8, 2016—World Camping Stadium —Orlando, Florida
Houston Dynamo: Tyler Deric; DaMarcus Beasley (Sheanon Williams 67), Raul Rodriguez, David Horst, Jalil Anibaba; Collen Warner; Boniek García, Alex Lima (Andrew Wenger 58), Ricardo Clark, Giles Barnes; Will Bruin (Cristian Maidana 74)
Unused Substitutes: Joe Willis, Agus, Erick Torres, Mauro Manotas
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Will Bruin 5) SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Will Bruin 2) FOULS: 11 (Collen Warner 3); OFFSIDES: 0 CORNER KICKS: 5 (Boniek García 4); SAVES: 1
Orlando City SC: Joe Bendik; Kevin Alston, Seb Hines, David Mateos, Luke Boden; Cristian Higuita, Harrison Health (Servando Carrasco 88), Darwin Ceren (Julio Baptista 60), Kevin Molino, Break Shea; Cyle Larin
Unused Substitutes: Earl Edwards, Conor Donovan, Antonio Nocerino, Devron Garcia, Hadji Berry
TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (Kevin Molino, Cyle Larin tied with 2) SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Kevin Molino 1) FOULS: 8 (Seb Hines 1); OFFSIDES: 6 (Cyle Larin 4) CORNER KICKS: 7 (Luke Boden 4); SAVES: 3
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Charles Morgante, Adam Wienckowski
Fourth Official: Ted Unkel