The Red Stars wrapped up their four-game road trip with a 1-1-2 mark and are now 3-5-4. Washington (4-3-4) stays three points ahead of the Red Stars for the fourth place.
Now the Red Stars return to Toyota Park for three of their next four matches, starting with a 7:30 p.m. match on Wednesday against the Atlanta Beat.
The Red Stars tallied a season-high 23 total shots and 11 shots on goal.
"Plain and simple, we dominated the game," Red Stars coach Omid Namazi said in a release. "But once again we didn't finish our chances in front of the goal. We had four or five very clear chances to score. And on a day like this, with very hot conditions, our performance was very good and our energy level was good."
Five of Cristiane's six shots were on goal. Ella Masar had an opportunity for a close-range header within the six-yard box. Karen Carney had a couple of scoring chances. And in the closing minutes, Casey Nogueira had a shot pushed wide.
Goalkeeper Jillian Loyden made three saves for her fourth shutout of the season, tying the Red Stars season record set by Caroline Jonsson during the inaugural 2009 WPS campaign.