The lowest Western Conference sides with realistic playoff aspirations both saw the postseason get a little less attainable.The San Jose Earthquakes and the Vancouver Whitecaps played to a scoreless draw neither side wanted.
Desperate to stay in the playoff race, both sides were looking for a win, but a complete lack of goals meant they had to settle for just a point apiece leaving the 'Caps and 'Quakes in the seventh and eighth places, respectively.
Defender Clarence Goodson wasted San Jose's best chance of the night in the 19th minute. Alan Gordon's header from a corner was saved, but the ball fell to the U.S. international in front of goal. Despite the close range and the ease of the required finish, he was left with his head in his hands when a mishit shot put the ball over the net.
With just five games left for San Jose and six for Vancouver, making up a five-point deficit on Portland and overhauling FC Dallas may prove too big a task.