The Seattle Sounders failed to deliver on coach Sigi Schmid's victory guarantee, tying the New England Revolution 0-0 on Saturday despite dominating most of the play.
In remarks to reporters Friday, Schmid promised that the Sounders (0-3-2), off to the worst start in the five-year history of the franchise, would win for the first time this season.
The Sounders have scored only two goals, and both of those scorers — Eddie Johnson (hamstring) and Brad Evans (calf) — were sidelined with injuries Saturday.
New England (1-2-2) has gone without a goal for four-plus games totaling 388 minutes since scoring in the 62nd minute of a season-opening 1-0 victory at Chicago on March 9.
Seattle dominated both halves, outshooting the Revolution 13-5. The Sounders were especially dangerous during the first half when they got off eight shots.
Two of those came within a minute of each other. Steve Zakuani broke toward the top right corner of New England's 6-yard box to get on the end of a well-placed cross by Lamar Neagle, but goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth blocked it over the goal line midway through the 14th minute.
On the ensuing corner kick, the ball wound up at the feet of Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso to the right of the arc, but his shot went barely over the crossbar, skimming across the top of the netting.
Zakuani had another point-blank try early in the 44th minute, but Shuttleworth saved it with his foot.