After a 2-0 loss in Seattle last week, RSL now trails the Sounders by one point in the race for the Supporters' Shield. But despite the lackluster effort in the Emerald City, Real is staying positive.
"We just lost," said midfielder Kyle Beckerman. "They're a good team at home and were in fine form. We were coming off a break and we were a bit rusty for some reason. We took it on the chin, we own up to losing. I think it's good to get it out of our system, learn from it and move on."
"With teams like that, everyone has to be on their A-game," said midfielder Ned Grabavoy. "We all have to be on the same page and playing well, or you're going to get punished."
"It's just one game," added defender Nat Borchers. "We didn't play well, we acknowledge that we made some mistakes. It's going to happen, but we're not hitting the panic button."
Far from it. With five games left, RSL is still in good position for the best overall record. Four of their remaining games are against teams currently out of the playoff picture, starting this Saturday against the Earthquakes.
"We're in a fine position," said Beckerman. "It's all about hard work. We just have to keep after it. Even when we were in first, we knew we had to improve and get better. We're right there."
"This time of year is fantastic when the weather changes and you feel it in your bones that it's coming down to the wire," said Borchers. "It's going to be an exciting finish because there is so much parity in the league."
While Real Salt Lake is in good shape headed into the postseason, head coach Jason Kreis is quick to remind everyone that they haven't clinched anything yet.
"It's a fact that we're not in the playoffs yet either," Kreis said. "We have the chance to win the Supporters' Shield, but we also have a chance not to make the playoffs. So, there's still a lot left there for us."