"We keep creating more good shots, trying corners and free kicks, but we just don't score," Fire midfielder Joel Lindpere said. "It's frustrating for players, but we know if you create them, one day the ball must go in. It must go in."
RSL had previously not scored a goal in three matches against the Fire since earning a 1-0 home win on September 18, 2010. Chicago also had gone scoreless against RSL since claiming a 3-0 road victory on September 28, 2011.
Salt Lake had a couple of good scoring chances early after dominating possession for much of the half. Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson came up with big saves to keep RSL off the scoreboard.
Kyle Beckerman fired a right footer at the left post from the right side of the box in the 22nd minute. Johnson met the ball at the post and denied Beckerman. He stepped up again in the 29th after Grabavoy took a cross from Joao Plata and launched a header from the center of the box. Johnson snagged the ball out of the air to deny the potential goal.
RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando became just the fourth player in MLS history to play more than 30,000 career minutes. Beckerman and fellow RSL veteran Nat Borchers also played in their 209th MLS match together, setting a new league record for most games played together as teammates.
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