Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids experienced profligate moments on their way to a 1-1 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium, with both sides scorning opportunities to control the match.
The Rapids controlled the first half, exploiting time after time the high line defense deployed by Chris Schuler and Kwame Watson-Siriboe.
Alvaro Saborio scored Real Salt Lake's lone goal, finishing at the far post after it seemed an opportunity in the box had been squandered through a series of passes.
The goal came after Jason Kreis removed Lovel Palmer, at left back in place of the suspended Abdoulie Mansally, and shifted RSL to a risky 3-4-3 formation.
Devon Sandoval and Joao Plata were both nearly game-changers, but RSL couldn't find a passage into the lead.
Throughout, Real Salt Lake gave away plenty of poor passes straight to the opposition. Jason Kreis will certainly be hoping for an improved response when the club travels to Dallas next week.