MLS: Down two men, Orlando City holds on for draw with Fire; Sounders edge Dynamo
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Joe Bendik had six saves and Orlando City, playing two men down for nearly 30 minutes, held on for a 0–0 draw with the Chicago Fire on Sunday night.
It was Bendik's fifth shutout of the season, despite being short-handed for almost 60 minutes and the Fire (7-3-4) taking 21 shots.
Orlando City was shown two straight red cards, the first coming in the 26th minute when Rafael Ramos collided with Brandon Vincent, and the second in the 66th when Antonio Nocerino was ejected after going in high on Matt Polster.
Chicago, which had its four-match winning streak snapped but is unbeaten in its last six, came away empty from several opportunities, drawing iron on multiple occasions.
Orlando City (7-5-3), which won six of seven to open the season, has just one win in its last eight matches.
The Fire had more shots on goal (six) than Orlando City had total shots (five).
SOUNDERS 1, DYNAMO 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Will Bruin scored in the 69th minute against his former Houston teammates, and Stefan Frei had his third shutout in four games in the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 victory over the Dynamo on Sunday night.
The Sounders (5-6-4) rebounded from a 3-0 loss at Columbus on Wednesday night for their third victory in four games.
Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, playing out high in the center of the field, started the scoring play by sending the ball across to Cristian Roldan on the right side. Roldan lofted a target ball into the penalty area toward the far post. Bruin dove toward it just inside the top left corner of the 6-yard box, heading it past goalkeeper Tyler Deric into the left corner.
Bruin has four goals this season for the Sounders. He scored 50 times in six seasons with the Dynamo before being traded to Seattle in December for allocation money. Frei has five shutouts this season.
Houston (7-6-2) remained winless on the road (0-6-1). Its only point away from home came in a 0-0 tie at Dallas last Sunday.
The Dynamo are tied for the second-most goals in MLS with 27, but have been shut out twice in the past three games.