SEATTLE — Real Salt Lake avoided losing any of its players from getting a red card. And RSL outshot an opponent on the road. And RSL gave up just one goal.
But in the end it was still a loss — a fourth straight loss.
The Seattle Sounders got an early goal from Nicolas Lodeiro and held on for their fourth victory in five matches, 1-0. But after that goal, RSL (1-4-1) settled down and nearly left the Emerald City with a point.
“I think we felt as the game went along, we got ahold of it,” RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman said. “We just didn’t get it over the finish line. Seattle is a really good team, especially at home.”
RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando made a few solid stops in the early going, but he could only keep the scoresheet clean until the 18th minute when Lodeiro volleyed a looping cross from Cristian Roldan just inside the near post.
RSL nearly tied up the match just before halftime when striker Sam Johnson tried to volley an awkward shot over the scrambling Stefan Frei. Johnson, who plays for the Liberian national team, made his first Major League Soccer start. He also had a left-footed strike go just wide in the 52nd minute.
The best chance for RSL came in the 73rd minute when Jefferson Savarino hit the right post after getting behind the Sounders defense.
In the end, the Sounders were able to kill the game off.
While RSL played better, RSL head coach Mike Petke was still frustrated.
“It comes down this: I’m getting sick and tired of coming back to say we deserved more from it,” Petke said. “We all have to grow up a little bit. We have to get more savvy and be more clinical.”
RSL did manage to end the game with 11 players on the field as the team received just one yellow card when Marcelo Silva knocked down Lodeiro with a forearm. It was the first time in three games the team escaped without a red card.
Silva was forced from the match in the 87th minute, but this was after suffering a leg injury.
Earlier on Saturday at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Joao Plata scored for Real Monarchs SLC in their 3-1 win over Reno 1868 .
Maikel Chang and Jack Blake also scored for the Monarchs. Goalkeeper David Ochoa set the tone with a penalty save in the third minute.Comment on this story
“ … I think that changed the momentum for us,” Monarchs head coach Martín Vasquez said. “A little bit after that, we scored our first goal. David Ochoa continues to step up and continues great performances."
RSL center back Justen Glad and Plata played 59 minutes. Both are working their way back from injuries.
“It felt good,” Glad said. “It felt awesome to be back out there and it feels good getting the result.”
RSL hosts Orlando City on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Monarchs travel to Albuquerque to play first-year club New Mexico United at 7:30 p.m.