Reigning Major League Soccer champions Real Salt Lake had goalkeeper Nick Rimando to thank for keeping San Jose Earthquakes at bay in a scoreless draw.
MLS action resumed from its two-week World Cup break on Friday, with the Earthquakes earning a deserved point against the MLS Cup winners in a 0-0 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Rimando was the main reason the champions stretched their unbeaten run to eight games, denying Earthquakes leading scorer Chris Wondolowski in the seventh minute.
He then prevented an own goal from Chris Wingert at point-blank range in the 34th when a near-post flick from Bobby Burling at a San Jose corner was sent goalward off the back of the Real defender's head.
At the other end, Jon Busch denied Will Johnson in the 40th minute before Fabian Espindola missed a sitter at the back post from two yards out in the 55th minute, collecting a cross from the left by Alvaro Saborio but side-footing it across the face of the Earthquakes goal.
Rimando then pulled off a series of late saves from Ramiro Corrales, Javier Robles and Cornell Glen to hand a draw to Real Salt Lake that closes the gap to the Western Conference leading Los Angeles Galaxy to eight points after 13 games.