Charlie Lyon (Marquette) and Orange County SC had a great start to their USL season Saturday night, blanking Reno 1868 FC 2-0 in Nevada.
Lyon, who turns 25 next month, stopped all three shots he faced to record the shutout in his Orange County debut.
The goalkeeper signed with the club last month after spending the past two seasons under contract with Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders; Lyon made 41 appearances for the club's reserve team, Seattle Sounders 2, in USL in 2015 and '16.
On Twitter: @Charlie_Lyon_
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