Photo courtesy Mark Thor / Orlando City SC
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City B and Saint Louis FC played to a 0-0 draw on Thursday night at Orlando City Stadium. Neither side was able to create much clear-cut early, with a good Orlando counter-attack in the 28th minute seeing Austin Martz shoot high in the 28th minute. OCB’s Zach Ellis-Hayden hit the outside of the right post a minute later, while Saint Louis had a goal ruled out a minute before halftime for offside. OCB’s Pierre Da Silva found space from 25 yards and fired a shot toward the left corner that produced a good save by Saint Louis’ Adam Grinwis just past the hour-mark, while Saint Louis’ Christian Volesky almost grabbed a late lead for the visitors from a tight angle on the left. A late chance for Martz that also flew high was the last for either side, however, as the game ended scoreless.
Three Things That Matter:
1. After a strong second-half performance earned victory against Bethlehem last Sunday, Orlando put in a better overall performance against Saint Louis, but wasn’t able to find the reward. Orlando created the better of what few chances the game provided, with Pierre Da Silva continuing to show his maturation with a fierce shot just past the hour-mark that forced the best save of the night by Saint Louis goalkeeper Adam Grinwis. In the end, Austin Martz’s late shot over summed up a frustrating night in the final third for the hosts.
2. Saint Louis seemed like a side that at times wasn’t quite on the same page as oftentimes too many players ended up in the same areas, limiting the side’s chances to stretch Orlando’s defense. STLFC improved in the second half as its substitutions seemed to provide better balance, but is now winless in its past three contests. After recording only nine touches in the Orlando penalty area on Thursday night, Saint Louis will need to regroup and regain its attacking touch ahead of a visit from a Rochester side that has been traditionally tough defensively.
3. STLFC will at least be happy to take a point home from the contest, but Orlando by contrast will look at another missed opportunity it needed to take advantage of. After reaching the postseason a year ago, OCB now has only nine points through its first eight games of the season, a points-per-game average that will almost certainly not get it done for a top-eight finish this year. With a visit to FC Cincinnati up next, the pressure to put some wins together quickly is definitely on.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Adam Grinwis, Saint Louis FC – Grinwis recorded a three-save shutout, the best of which denied an excellent effort by OCB’s Pierre Da Silva – to record his first shutout at his new club.
Orlando City B at FC Cincinnati – May 13, 7 p.m. ET, Nippert Stadium
Saint Louis FC vs. Rochester Rhinos – May 6, 8:30 p.m. ET, Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis