July 8, 2016
Dynamo escape West cellar; Urruti's dazzler lifts FCD
ORLANDO CITY SC 0, HOUSTON DYNAMO 0
ORLANDO--The Houston Dynamo posted their second straight shutout with Friday night's weather-delayed scoreless draw with Orlando City SC at Camping World Stadium.
The result lifts Houston (4-8-6, 18 pts) out of the Western Conference cellar, at least until Saturday afternoon. Orlando City take a tenuous hold on sixth place in the East at 4-4-9 (21).
Winning goalkeeper Tyler Deric needed only one save to extend his personal shutout streak to 382 minutes, dating back to June 2.
Netminder Joe Bendik had a busier night, making three saves as the Lions were outshot 15-6. Will Bruin forced Bendik into the save of the game, a diving stop in the 44th minute.
Houston had two late chances to snatch the win, with Giles Barnes hitting the post in the 89th minute and Boniek Garcia curling a shot just wide of the right post in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
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FC DALLAS 1, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0
SAN JOSE, Calif.--Maxi Urruti scored a spectacular game-winner as FC Dallas defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Friday at Avaya Stadium.
Urruti's goal came in the 51st minute. Mauro Diaz crossed the ball from the right side to Michael Barrios who was near the left post. Barrios' attempted cross went off Quakes defender Marvel Wynne and popped up to Urruti who was near the left post. Urruti launched himself in the air, back to goal and bicycled a right-footed inside the left post.
The win, their fifth in the last five games (including a pair in the U.S. Open Cup) moved FC Dallas to 11-5-4 and 37 points, guaranteeing they will remain on top of the MLS West and Supporters' Shield standings through the weekend. San Jose (5-6-7, 22 pts), is winless in their last eight games, and this was their first loss at Avaya Stadium this year.
Urruti, who entered the game with three goals for the season, came within inches of matching that output on Friday, hitting the post in the 19th and 52nd minutes.
The Earthquakes' best chance of the game came in the 32nd minute, when a free kick by Anibal Godoy hit the post. Chris Seitz made three saves to post the win in goal, including a clutch reaction stop on a close-range shot by Shea Salinas in the 42nd minute.
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