Tonight we made little mistakes, and they cost us a lot — three points — because I think we dominate, we play good soccer, we create chances. But in the end we get nothing. – Javier Morales

SEATTLE — To have a realistic shot at winning the MLS Supporters’ Shield for the first time in club history, Real Salt Lake knew it needed to beat Seattle in the teams’ nationally televised clash Friday night.

That didn’t happen, however.

Midfielder Javier Morales put RSL ahead with a goal in the 30th minute — his first strike against the Sounders in 916 career minutes — but the club ultimately lost a topsy-turvy match in the Pacific Northwest, 3-2.

Afterward, Morales — RSL’s midfield maestro — said the difference was in the details.

“When you play against good teams like Seattle, they have big players. Details make the difference,” he said. “Tonight we made little mistakes, and they cost us a lot — three points — because I think we dominate, we play good soccer, we create chances. But in the end we get nothing.

“Details tonight was the difference between them and us.”

RSL central defender Nat Borchers echoed Morales’ sentiments about playing good soccer.

“I thought that we really moved them around and especially in midfield,” Borchers said. “They had some difficult decisions about who to step to, and created a lot of space. I thought our attack was really bright. It was fun there in the second half for a big stretch just to open up the game. I thought that we were going to come out on top.”

As it played out, Borchers was front and center for arguably the match’s defining moment. With the game tied at 2-2 and RSL having just sent on star striker Alvaro Saborio in search of the game-winner, Borchers was dismissed by referee Kevin Stott in the 68th minute for denying Obafemi Martins an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

Playing with 10 men, RSL nearly held on for a point, but Seattle substitute Andy Rose scored in the second-to-last minute of stoppage time to sink Salt Lake.

“It’s the life of the center back,” Borchers said of his decision to foul Martins, which he admitted was a red card offense. “You have to make difficult decisions sometimes, and I felt that Obafemi being alone on goal, I just had to make a decision there. So obviously in retrospect, if we get out of here with a point, the right decision. But since we don’t, definitely the wrong decision.”

Friday’s result leaves RSL eight points behind Seattle in the race for the Supporters’ Shield with only six matches left to play.

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The club now turns its attention to another nationally televised showdown. On Friday, RSL will host Colorado at 8 p.m. MDT on NBC Sports.

“Right now, we are looking forward and we’re going to make the playoff,” Morales said. “We have a home game against our rival, and we have to win there.”

RSL coach Jeff Cassar agreed with Morales about moving forward.

“It’s time to regroup,” Cassar said. “We have an extremely strong locker room. I think for sure our focus will be great this week. It’s about getting the right rest for a lot of these guys. It’s about getting some guys fit. And it’s about taking care of business at home.”

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