Real Salt Lake struggled to find an offensive spark in its first game without injured midfielder Javier Morales, playing to a 0-0 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.
Morales was lost for at least four months after breaking and dislocating his ankle last week in a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA.
Salt Lake (5-1-1) did a good job of controlling possession in the first half, but it did not result in any scoring chances. RSL managed just four total shots and only a single shot - a right-footer from Alvaro Saborio in the 45th minute - was on frame before halftime.
Houston ended up being in no position to take advantage. Real allowed the Dynamo (3-3-4) to create just one shot in the first half.
RSL blew a chance score in the middle of the second half. Alturo Alvarez sent a through ball to Saborio in the 63rd minute and he blasted a runner into the center of the net. The apparent goal was waved off though, after Saborio started his run too early and was ruled offsides.
Houston's best chance came in the 65th minute. Geoff Cameron slipped a pass through to Will Bruin in the right side of the box. From there, Bruin blasted a right-footer at the center of the net that Nick Rimando secured to keep the game scoreless.
Salt Lake's last chance for a goal came in the 93rd minute when Andy Williams tried to curl the ball inside the right post, but hooked the shot wide.