SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Real Salt Lake had not been shutout since the season-opener six games ago.

While RSL failed to find the back of the net Saturday against defending MLS Cup champion Columbus, Zac MacMath made five saves, as RSL ran its unbeaten streak to four matches (2-0-2) with a scoreless draw.

Backup goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen made five saves for the Columbus Crew.

Hagen entered the match in the first half for the injured Evan Bush, who had three saves for the Crew (3-1-4, 13 points). Columbus has a loss and three draws in its past four matches.

Real Salt Lakev(3-2-3) had 22 fouls and six yellow cards. The Crew had 10 and three, respectively.

Coming off a draining penalty shootout victory at Tigres UANL in the CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, the Crew were without 2023 MLS Cup MVP Cucho Hernandez, who was serving a red-card suspension from the team’s previous MLS match against D.C. United.

Other notable absences for Columbus included midfielder Darlington Nagbe and goalkeeper Patrick Schulte.

The Crew had to dig deeper into their bench when Bush left with an injury after a collision with Real Salt Lake’s Diego Luna. Bush was replaced by Hagen in the 35th minute.

Before Bush exited, he made a great stop of a Cristian Arango header from the center of the box in the 23rd minute after coming off the line to deny the Salt Lake forward five minutes earlier.

Hagen was peppered in the first 20 minutes of the second half, making three saves, the best of which came following a line drive from 20 yards out by Andres Gomez.

At the other end, MacMath was tested by Will Sands in the 62nd minute, and Aidan Morris also put a shot on goal just a minute later. MacMath came up with the save on both attempts.

In the 77th minute, Hagen pushed aside a rising strike from Fidel Barajas.

RSL next plays at Chicago Saturday at 6:30 p.m.