Whitecaps held to scoreless draw by Chivas USA
Vancouver unbeaten in 7 games
A reconstituted midfield helped give the Vancouver Whitecaps their longest unbeaten streak of the season, yet failed to score a goal.
The Whitecaps have not lost in six successive games following a 0-0 draw with Chivas USA on Saturday night in front of 4,215 at the StubHub Center.
Vancouver (7-4-12) also extended its span of consecutive minutes without allowing a goal to 321. Goalkeeper David Ousted made four saves for his seventh shutout this year.
"Any time you get a clean sheet, it's a good night," Whitecaps defender Steven Beitashour said. "We're doing a great job staying tight with each other, staying organized and talking a lot. It starts from the front and works its way down to the midfield and to the back line."
Injuries to starting midfielders Pedro Morales and Gershon Koffee forced the Whitecaps to make changes.
Nicolas Mezquida — who had played just nine games this season and made only three starts — replaced Morales as the playmaker. In just his second start, Omar Salgado took over on the right wing for Erik Hurtado. Meanwhile, Russell Teibert replaced Koffee as a defensive midfielder.
"Russell Teibert, arguably, was the best player on the park," Vancouver coach Carl Robinson said. "He switched the play from side to side. He got around people. He won second balls. He put in a very mature performance for a young kid."
Yet the Whitecaps managed just three shots on goal against Chivas USA (6-11-6), which entered the match with a four-game losing streak and a scoreless stretch of 276 consecutive minutes.
Salgado had the Whitecaps' best chance in the 28th minute. Salgado executed a leaping, seven-yard header off Teibert's corner kick from the right side. But Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy leaned to his left and deflected the shot with both palms around the near post.
Chivas USA's Erick Torres almost put the hosts ahead in the 60th minute. Torres jumped between Beitashour and Andy O'Brien to head Akira Kaji's right-wing cross from 11 yards. But Ousted fielded the shot on one bounce.
"We put a big emphasis on concentration," Robinson said. "If we had concentrated a little more in the final third (of the field), we probably should've gotten three points."
Vancouver midfielder Matias Laba received a yellow card in the 37th minute and will be suspended for next week's game against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks left the game at halftime with a sore quadriceps muscle, Robinson said. Mattocks collided with Chivas USA defender Donny Toia in the 10th minute and grabbed his right knee after falling.