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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season

David Ousted, Chicago Fire manage scoreless draw at LAFC

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LAFC frustrated by gallant Chicago (1:06)

Despite dominating throughout, LAFC were unable to find a breakthrough against a valiant Chicago Fire. (1:06)

David Ousted made four saves, and the Chicago Fire escaped Banc of California Stadium with a 0-0 draw against LAFC on Saturday night.

The clean sheet was just the second Chicago (2-4-4, 10 points) has kept this season, against an LAFC side that still leads the Supporters' Shield race with the league's best record after the draw.

Coach Veljko Paunovic's side also snapped a two-match losing skid, though the Fire are now scoreless in three matches since a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on April 20.

LAFC (7-1-3, 24 points) were held scoreless for a second time in four matches, and have won just once in their last four after going 6-0-1 to open the season. Their total of 26 goals is still five more than any other MLS club has scored this season.

Coach Bob Bradley's side is now two points ahead of the rival LA Galaxy for the highest total in MLS, with the Galaxy holding a match in hand.

The hosts bested Chicago 22-9 in overall shots and 5-1 in terms of efforts on target.

Steven Beitashour appeared to give LAFC the lead in the 53rd minute when he ran onto Mark-Anthony Kaye's ball over the top and slotted it beyond Ousted. But Beitashour was ruled offside on the play.

There was little in the way of clear-cut chances after that. The most notable moment of the final half-hour came in the 79th minute, when outside back Francisco Calvo came on for his Fire debut. Chicago acquired the Costa Rican from Minnesota United on Friday in exchange for at least $400,000 in allocation money.

Before halftime, LAFC came closest to scoring in the 28th minute through Jordan Harvey. First off a corner kick, Nemanja Nikolic cleared Harvey's redirection off the line, as well as Christian Ramirez's follow-up attempt. Then only moments later, Ramirez's flick-on set up another open look for Harvey, but he flashed a header wide.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Philadelphia Union 22 +7 36
2 Atlanta United FC 21 +8 33
3 DC United 21 +4 32
4 New York Red Bulls 21 +5 31
5 Montreal Impact 22 -10 30
6 Toronto FC 21 +1 29
7 New York City FC 18 +9 29
8 New England Revolution 21 -10 27
9 Orlando City SC 20 +1 25
10 Chicago Fire 22 +1 23
11 Columbus Crew SC 22 -14 18
12 FC Cincinnati 20 -25 17

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 20 +36 46
2 Seattle Sounders FC 20 +5 35
3 LA Galaxy 20 +2 34
4 Minnesota United FC 20 +8 33
5 San Jose Earthquakes 20 +2 31
6 Real Salt Lake 20 0 29
7 FC Dallas 21 +3 29
8 Houston Dynamo 20 -4 27
9 Sporting Kansas City 20 -2 25
10 Portland Timbers 18 -2 24
11 Colorado Rapids 20 -9 20
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 22 -16 20