SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 0-0 draw Saturday night, damaging both teams' hopes of getting back into the Western Conference playoff picture.
The clubs remain tied for seventh place in the West with 38 points each, five behind fifth-place Portland, which currently holds the conference's final postseason berth.
San Jose extended its home unbeaten streak to 14 matches, but the Earthquakes (10-11-8) snapped six-game home winning streak.
Vancouver (10-10-8) continued its recent slide, dropping to 1-5-3 in its last nine matches despite the return of captain Jay DeMerit. DeMerit, who blew out his left Achilles' tendon 8 minutes into Vancouver's season opener, capped a 6½-month recovery from the injury by replacing injured center back Brad Rusin in the 31st minute.