The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake settled for a scoreless draw on Saturday night at Providence Park. It’s the second consecutive scoreless draw for Portland and marks 192 minutes since a Timber has scored.
While collecting a point in Houston last week felt like a success tonight’s result lends itself towards frustration after outplaying Salt Lake.
The opening half was a conservative fight between the two sides with Portland ultimately having the greater chances including a Cristhian Paredes volley from distance which was saved well but RSL keeper Zac MacMath.
From a positive lens, Timbers Keeper Alijaz Ivacic kept yet another clean sheet; Ivacic was accredited with just two saves but made several authoritative actions in his box.
The second half Portland out-possessed Salt Lake but couldn’t do much with the ball, ultimately the visitors had the better of the chances in the final 45 especially when RSL rattled the post.
Before the scoreless affair with Houston last week, Portland had scored in 14-straight matches, they have now been scoreless in two.
Portland, after collecting a point, stagnates in 9th place in the Western Conference with an opportunity to climb higher in the standings next Saturday in Colorado against the Rapids.