Sporting Kansas City forward Daniel Salloi (20) and New York City FC defender Alexander Callens (6) fight for the ball. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Missing injury striker Taty Castellanos, New York City FC essentially was an impotent attacking team on Saturday night as it settled for a scoreless draw with Sporting Kansas City at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y.

SKC earned its first road point of the season on a rain-soaked field.

There was no doubt that City missed Castellanos.

“We have to switch the play more, that is the main thing,” NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila said. “Of course Taty is an important player for us and he is different than what we have. But I think everybody did a good job when they played.”

But not good enough to put one shot away as Heber played in the Argentine striker’s place.

“Heber did a good job when he played,” Deila said. “He is very good at linking play. He didn’t get his chances today and that’s because we didn’t find him in the right position and put them up enough in the situation we wanted.”

Of course, Kansas City had something to say about NYCFC not finding the net.

“It’s not easy to draw at home but Kansas City is a tough opponent,” forward Talles Magno said.

“It was a complicated game. They played us pretty well and were pretty compact. But, we just can’t let our attitude dip in the middle of the games. We always have to keep our heads up high and think we can always change the results. That’s when the goals and the beautiful football comes.”

The Cityzens dominated possession, but could not get many serious shots against goalkeeper Tim Melia, an East Islip, N.Y. native. Melia recorded his fourth shutout of the season.

Melia said the win “should give us a lot of confidence because we came in here with a little bit different of a shape than we normally play, a little bit different of a game plan. We executed it I thought very well.”

The visitors had the best opportunity of the match as NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson dove to his right to knock Daniel Salloi’s close-range shot off the post and out of bounds.

Deila downplayed that the weather conditions had an impact on the match.

“It was perfect weather for football today,” he said. “The pitch was good as well. That is no excuse for why we did not win. I think it was an even game.”