Real Salt Lake equalled a Major League Soccer record as they reached the 12-game mark undefeated following a 0-0 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday.
The Royals now share this honour with the LA Galaxy, who were unbeaten in the first dozen matches of the 1996 season.
The game was a dull affair, with Real visibly lacking the productivity of World Cup pair Alvaro Saborio and Kyle Beckerman, but a point was also enough to keep them within three points of the Seattle Sounders at the division’s summit.
Dallas came in without a win in six having led the division earlier in the season, but they were buoyed by the presence of United States international and ex-Hoop Brek Shea in training this week.
The two sides sat second and third in the Western Conference at kick-off, so a tight first half came as little surprise.
The Royals’ Cole Grossman almost profited on a Chris Seitz spill, but his chipped effort from a tight angle was headed clear by Matt Hedges.
Dallas’ first chance also came from a goalkeeping error, as Je-Vaughn Watson fired over on the turn after Jeff Attinella had flapped at a cross.
Fabian Castillo then had an opening, but sliced over as a through-ball deflected into his path.
The Colombian did trouble the home goalkeeper minutes later though, shrugging off a Chris Schuler challenge only to be halted as he tried to round Attinella.
Real were dealt a blow in the 41st minute as star man Joao Plata hobbled off in the most significant action of the first period.
Castillo remained the Hoops’ danger man in the second half, seeing a penalty appeal turned down within seconds of the restart.
Dallas continued to contain their hosts, only conceding half-chances through set-pieces, and went close as Attinella managed to hold Tesho Akindele’s goal-bound prod.
The visitors again wanted a spot-kick as Tony Beltran challenged Akindele from behind. Their claims were denied once more though by referee Hilario Grajeda.
Despite holding the lion’s share of possession, the Royals had to twice more rely on their goalkeeper to repel attacks from Castillo and Blas Perez.
Much of the closing stages were spent in the Hoops’ half, but there was no breakthrough as the away side secured their first clean sheet of the season to see the points shared.
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