It was the first draw for New York (10-7-7) since May 29 and the third straight tie for San Jose (6-6-10).
San Jose controlled the possession in the second half. Chris Wondolowski headed a cross just wide in the 53rd minute, sailed an open shot in the 57th and hit the post in the 69th. Chad Barrett got behind the defense for a through ball but he lost a one-on-one battle with Saunders in the 75th.
New York's best scoring chance came in the 81st but Steven Mendoza's left-footed turn was saved by David Bingham. Frank Lampard ran to a through ball in the box in the 31st but his open shot was blocked low by Bingham.
Alberto Quintero cut through three defenders in the 14th minute but his sliding shot was saved by Saunders.