Sandy • Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei finished with three saves, and Real Salt Lake’s Zac MacMath turned away the only shot on goal he faced in a scoreless draw on Saturday night.
Frei’s league-high sixth clean sheet of the Major League Soccer season helped Seattle (6-2-2) earn a point for just the second time in its last 11 trips to Sandy.
Real Salt Lake (3-5-1), coming off a 3-1 victory over San Jose, was trying to win back-to-back matches for the first time in its past nine attempts, instead falling to 0-5-4 following a win.
The Sounders improve to 4-1-1 in their past six matches. Seattle’s only loss was a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Portland Timbers, conceding four goals in an 18-minute span after grabbing a 1-0 lead. Frei and the Sounders have yielded just three goals in their other 882 minutes of play this season.
Seattle moved a point ahead of expansion St. Louis City atop the Western Conference standings thanks to the Timbers’ 2-1 victory over SLC earlier in the night.
Real Salt Lake travels to play the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
Seattle returns home to host winless Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.