Two teams that have gone winless for more than two months square off Saturday night when the Houston Dynamo visit the San Jose Earthquakes.
San Jose is 0-6-4 during a 10-match winless stretch that began after a 2-1 road win over Real Salt Lake on May 7.
The Dynamo are winless since claiming a 2-1 home decision over the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 22. Since then, Houston is 0-2-5.
The frustration continued for the Dynamo (3-4-7, 16 points) with Tuesday's scoreless draw against Vancouver.
"It's better to be getting better and still getting points than to be getting better and not getting points," veteran defender Tim Parker said of the deluge of draws. "When you're getting better, you're working through things and you're working through little phases, so getting points is important."
Also, the Dynamo haven't won on the road in eight matches (0-4-4) this season as they arrive to face San Jose (3-7-4, 13 points).
The Dynamo notched a season-opening home victory against the Earthquakes on April 16 when Memo Rodriguez and Maximiliano Urruti scored goals. Paul Marie tallied for the Earthquakes.
San Jose knows a little bit about draws, as that has been the result of each of its past three matches.
The Earthquakes seemed to be on their way to a victory on Wednesday after Nathan scored in the 53rd minute. But Sporting Kansas City's Daniel Salloi scored in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time to salvage a tie for his squad.
Nathan, a 26-year-old Brazilian, has stood out in three performances since being acquired last month from Swiss club FC Zurich.
"I think we are making progress in every match," Nathan said after the tie with Sporting KC. "It does not matter if we are making little or big progress. The important thing is that we make that progress. You can see that in the last three matches that the team is playing with confidence and getting better."
San Jose 17-year-old standout Cade Cowell (team-best four goals) will miss his second straight game after being called up to the U.S. Gold Cup team. Fellow midfielder Jackson Yueill will miss his third straight game for the same reason.
The Dynamo will be without five players due to the Gold Cup -- forwards Ari Lassiter (Costa Rica) and Tyler Pasher (Canada), defender Darwin Ceren (El Salvador) and midfielders Maynor Figueroa and Boniek Garcia (both for Honduras).
Urruti leads Houston with six goals.
--Field Level Media