There was no fireworks display in Orlando City and Atlanta United’s season opener on Saturday at Exploria Stadium, as both teams scored a meager point in a 0 draw. to 0.
Even though the Georgia State side had the majority of possession time (60%), they directed as many shots as their opponent of the day – 11. However, each team had only three of their teams on target. attempts.
Goalkeepers Pedro Gallese for the home side and Brad Guzan for the visitors blocked everything to both get the shutout.
It was also Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato’s debut for Orlando, one of the big catches of the winter transfer window in Major League Soccer.
Austin FC debut spoiled
New Major League Soccer’s Austin FC fell short in their first game, falling 2-0 to Los Angeles FC on Saturday at Banc of California Stadium.
The Texan team still neutralized the opponent’s powerful attack for an hour of play. Corey Baird finally opened the scoring by beating the opposing goalkeeper with a shot from outside the penalty area.
The City of Angels side added to their lead in stoppage time in the second half, when Kwadwo Opoku and Jose Adoni Cifuentes stood alone in front of Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver. The first handed the ball to the second who only had to push it into a gaping cage.
Pablo Eduardo Sisniega made three saves for the shutout.