Even before the Seattle Sounders and L.A. Galaxy had finished playing to a 1-1 draw on the West Coast, Javier Morales stood in front of his locker, exasperated after a second straight loss and knowing his team's chances at winning a trophy were slipping away.
"It's a little bit hard," Morales said of Real Salt Lake's hopes at claiming the Supporters' Shield, Major League Soccer's prize for the top team in the regular season. "We have to be realistic. Right now it's going to be hard. Seattle has more points than us in fewer games than us. Now we have to focus and improve our soccer and our team. If we want to be in the MLS Cup, we have a lot of work."
An hour and a half after RSL dropped a 2-1 result to the San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle's draw gave the Sounders a two-point edge over Salt Lake, with two games in hand. The draw also moved the Galaxy into a position to overtake RSL with a win next week.