Orlando City SC goalkeeper Adam Grinwis recorded a shutout in his MLS debut as the Lions and visiting Houston Dynamo played to a 0-0 tie on Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium.
The 26-year-old Grinwis made three saves as the Lions (7-18-4, 25 points) avoided a setback. Orlando City is just 1-16-3 in its last 20 matches.
Goalkeeper Joe Willis notched four saves for Houston (8-13-8, 32 points). The Dynamo are also struggling and are 1-7-2 over their last 10 matches.
Orlando City outshot Houston 12-11 and put four shots on target, compared to three on goal for Houston.
The tie leaves the ninth-place Dynamo 12 points behind the sixth-place Seattle Sounders for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Houston has just five matches remaining.
Orlando City resides in last place in the Eastern Conference.
The Dynamo had a chance to score in the 57th minute but they were thwarted by Orlando City. Midfielder Romell Quioto took a hard right-footed shot that was saved by Grinwis and midfielder Tomas Martinez delivered a left-footed blast on the rebound that was cleared by Lions defender Jonathan Spector.
Orlando City had a solid opportunity in the 70th minute but forward Dominic Dwyer’s close-range header was saved by Willis.
Orlando City outshot Houston 6-4 in a scoreless first half. The Lions had three shots on target and the Dynamo had just one.
Houston had a goal disallowed by review in the 15th minute. Grinwis fumbled the ball at the upper right corner of the box and then grabbed it as Quioto took it away and cruised in for an easy tap into the net.
But video review displayed that Grinwis had control of the ball when it was taken by Quioto and the goal ruling was overturned.
Orlando City had a solid chance in the 41st minute but midfielder Will Johnson had his right-footed shot stopped by Willis.
—Field Level Media