D.C. United 0, New England Revolution 0

The winless streak reached 12 Saturday night, but by taking a point at surging New England with a 0-0 draw, D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen found encouragement.

“It’s been a tough three months, I’m not going to lie,” he said. “For the guys to keep grinding and fighting together to get a result tonight, I was very happy with that and I was proud of them.”

United (1-10-3) has not won since the home opener March 9 and was shut out for the ninth time. The club has scored once in seven away matches.

Bill Hamid made several excellent saves in recording his third shutout. The Revolution (5-4-5) had scored nine goals in its previous three league matches and 14 in the last four games in all competitions. New England extended its shutout streak to 395 minutes.

“As long as you stay tuned in for the whole game, you won’t give up any silly goals or make any silly mistakes,” Hamid said of the defensive effort. “There’s still stuff to work on – we know that and we’re very aware of that — but the heart was there.”

United will play the next four at home, starting Wednesday at Maryland SoccerPlex against the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup’s round of 16. League play resumes next Saturday night against Toronto FC.

DCU: Hamid; Korb, White, Woolard, Riley; Porter (Townsend 82nd), Kitchen, Thorrington (Nyassi 70th), DeLeon; Pontius, Ruiz (De Rosario 75th).

NE: Shuttleworth; Tierney, Goncalves, McCarthy, Farrell; Sene (Rowe 54th), Nguyen, Caldwell, Toja (Barrett 65th); Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo.

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Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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