Minnesota United FC extended its unbeaten streak to four matches Wednesday with a 0-0 draw against the Strikers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock posted his third shutout in four matches.
The Loons started quickly, taking the first shot of the night in the second minute of play from a corner kick by Ben Speas to Aaron Pitchkolan at the near bar. Pitchkolan flicked it toward the goal, but the shot flew just wide.
The Loons’ best chance of the first half came from Jamie Watson in the 30th minute, when he took a bouncing shot from distance, surrounded by Fort Lauderdale defenders. He received the ball from Christian Ramirez, but his shot struck the crossbar where it meets the upright and deflected back to Jack Blake. Blake attempted a shot but hit it off the net.
Fort Lauderdale (3-5-3) was denied its best scoring chance of the game in the 40th minute when Ndjock got a hand on Adrianinho’s shot from just inside the top of the box.
United (4-3-5) held a 6-4 advantage in shots in the first half but didn’t get its seventh shot until eight minutes into the second half, Blake bending a free kick that Bruno Cardoso saved at the near bar.