Between injuries and international call-ups, RSL was down a grand total of 11 players in Saturday's loss to FC Dallas, which dropped the team to 1-2-1 on the season.
But RSL has never been a team that makes excuses, and they are not now.
"There are no excuses in this league," said goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who made his first RSL start against Dallas. "A lot of teams deal with injuries and international absences. It's still Real Salt Lake out there. So, you have to play no matter who is on the field and you expect the most out of them."
"We didn't sign up for easy," said midfielder Sebastian Velasquez, who missed the Dallas game because of a stomach virus. "Every guy that comes out here works hard and there is no reason for excuses. I thought we actually performed quite well against Dallas, but just missed a few chances."
"You never knows what is going to happen," added defender Nat Borchers. "Usually this comes in the summer when you have a lot more injuries, call-ups and things like that."
The good news is that help is on the way. Perhaps their best playmaker, Javier Morales, is close to returning from injury. Morales, who has not played this season while recovering from a torn lateral meniscus, could even dress for Saturday's game against Seattle.
Also, five RSL players will be back from international duties, including Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Tony Beltran from the United States, leading scorer Alvaro Saborio from Costa Rica, and Kenny Mansally from Gambia.
"Hopefully when they get back, we can all play together," said Velasquez. "Javy is back at training, which is good to see. So, we're coming together and things are going to start working out for us."
It is extremely early in the season, but after three games without a victory, RSL understands the importance of Saturday's home game against the Sounders.
"We have to put a lot of pressure on ourselves in this next game," Borchers said. "I don't know if I'm going to call it a must win, but we expect to get three points against Seattle."
RSL and Seattle play at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, a game that can be seen on CW30.