COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Although still searching for their first victory of the season, the Earthquakes left here Saturday with optimism.
The Quakes posted their first shutout of the young season to snag a point with a 0-0 tie against the host Colorado Rapids.
"I think we're happy with the point," forward Alan Gordon said. "It's tough to play here and we're playing against a good team, but I think we're getting desperate for a win. I don't think we're celebrating by any means, but we'll take the point and move forward."
It was the second consecutive tie for the Quakes (0-2-3), who are now unbeaten in eight straight against Colorado, going 5-0-3 since 2011.
Neither team generated much offense during a rainy afternoon. Colorado's Jared Watts had the only shot on goal in the game.
The Quakes had their best scoring chance of the day in the opening minute of play. Off of a corner kick, Gordon had a strong header, but the ball smacked the cross bar.
"It was a good ball," Gordon said. "I was able to get free and I was just trying to put it on target. It was a bit high. I tried to get the rebound, but my momentum was carrying me away."
Although that was one of just six shots by the Quakes, coach Mark Watson said he was pleased, for the most part, with the offense.
"I don't think we had a ton of great chances, but I thought we had some really good situations where we just lacked a little bit of quality in the final third," he said. "But, I'm really happy with the performance."
He was particularly happy with how his team ended the game. Colorado put a load of pressure on the Quakes goal, generating several opportunities in a row off corner kicks.
To make it tougher on the Quakes, Adam Jahn was issued a red card for rough play in the 87th minute. The Quakes played the final three minutes of regulation -- plus about five minutes of stoppage time -- a man down.
"You look at how the 90 minutes unfolded, the way we had to dig deep at the end; they had a lot of pressure on us and we obviously we were down a player," Watson said. "I think we'll take a lot of confidence out of the point, the clean sheet and just the mentality and the way our guys approached the game.
"Our team is not there yet, but I think there are a lot of signs today that we're on the right path forward."