With a new partnership up front (Ruiz and Pontius) and no creativity in midfield, United was harmless until the 40th minute. White’s angled volley off Kemp’s cross floated over drawn-out goalkeeper Clint Irwin and was cleared off the goal line by retreating defender Drew Moor.
Rochat entered for winger Kyle Porter after intermission and partnered with Kitchen in central midfield. The move nudged Pontius deeper in the attack.
The teams exchanged quality opportunities — and quality saves. Willis extended to his left to turn away Brown’s low drive and Irwin stuffed Ruiz’s unimaginative strike on the end of a promising counterattack.
United began to bend. Woolard’s last-gasp stab thwarted a threat deep in the box and Atiba Harris’s header missed by a whisker.
After stopping Brown in the 75th, Willis blocked Nick LaBrocca’s rasping drive and watched Jaime Castrillon’s shot streak wide.
“We hung in,” Olsen said. “Beggars can’t be choosers right now and we’ll take the point. . . . Everybody did their part. Offensively, again, it wasn’t a great night, but that is who we are. If we are going to get results, we have got to put up zeros” defensively.
United earned at least a point at Colorado for only the fourth time in the past 13 meetings (1-9-3).
United notes: Pontius was added to the U.S. national team’s alternate list for the Gold Cup, meaning he is among 12 players eligible for four call-ups after the tournament’s group stage. Porter was a late addition to Canada’s final roster but will also remain with United for the time being. . . .
Off from league play until July 20, United will host Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara in a friendly Friday at RFK Stadium.
●CREW 1, TIMBERS 0: Bernardo Anor’s early goal helped host Columbus defeat Portland to end the Timbers’ 15-game unbeaten streak.
Portland had gone 7-0-8 since March 9, while the Crew ended a three-game losing streak.
●SPORTING KC 2, FIRE 1: Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi scored in the first eight minutes, and Sporting Kansas City snapped visiting Chicago’s three-match winning streak.
The victory was only Kansas City’s second in the last seven matches, giving the franchise 30 points.
Kansas City’s two goals were scored 2 minutes 14 seconds apart.
●IMPACT 1, CHIVAS USA 1: Patrice Bernier scored from the penalty spot in the 80th minute, and Montreal tied visiting Chivas USA.
Bernier’s goal came after Mario De Luna took down Sanna Nyassi on the left edge of the penalty area.
Eric Avila scored for Chivas, the last-place team in the Western Conference.
— Associated Press