SALT LAKE CITY — It was every bit as chaotic as Real Salt Lake coach Freddy Juarez predicted it would be, and his team unfortunately did a miserable job handling it.

Even though Juarez praised the players for their fight on Monday night, realistically RSL was thoroughly outplayed by San Jose in the MLS is Back round of 16 match, bowing out of the Orlando tournament with a resounding 5-2 loss as it played the final 10 minutes with only 10 men.

San Jose outshot RSL 18-10 and enjoyed 60 percent of the possession in a convincing performance to advance to the quarterfinals.

A Real Salt Lake defense that was sharp throughout most of group play gifted San Jose several goals with strange and uncharacteristic miscues.

“Of course we are disappointed when you conceded five goals, but we know San Jose is a tough team to play against. We were prepared great for this match,” said RSL midfielder Damir Kreilach.

RSL wasn’t sharp early on, with Juarez saying his team got caught paying too many short passes instead of passes higher up the field to open up San Jose’s defense. He said RSL did a better job of that in the second half, but much of that improvement was the result of urgency as it was chasing the game down multiple goals.

Now eliminated from the MLS is Back Tournament, RSL will return to Utah and will wait for the potential restart of the MLS regular season, the details of which haven’t been announced yet.

“This is a tough tournament to come into for every single coach, for every single player, for every single staff member. It’s not easy. You have to sacrifice a lot, and I think from our team we showed a lot of character. This isn’t easy,” said Juarez.

“This is a tough tournament to come into for every single coach, for every single player, for every single staff member. It’s not easy. You have to sacrifice a lot, and I think from our team we showed a lot of character. This isn’t easy.” — Real Salt Lake coach Freddy Juarez

San Jose struck first in the 21st minute as RSL’s lack of containment in the midfield helped spring the Quakes forward in transition. It started when Aaron Herrera got spun in the midfield trying to close down a San Jose player, and the misplay immediately put RSL in a vulnerable position. Four passes later Cristian Espinoza hammered a ball under the arms of Zac MacMath for the 1-0 lead for the Quakes.

It was an incredibly shorted-lived lead though for San Jose.

Twenty-one seconds after the restart, San Jose defender Guram Kashia completely missed a header attempt, with the ball bouncing behind him straight into the path of Douglas Martinez.

The RSL striker took one touch into the box and then chipped the ball over San Jose keeper Daniel Vega to level the match in the 22nd minute for his first MLS goal.

Besides that one moment fluke moment on Martinez’s goal, the field was tilted very much in San Jose’s favor in the first half. It outshot RSL 10-3, had a 6-0 edge in corner kicks and enjoyed 66 percent of possession.

San Jose did much of its damage going up left back Donny Toia’s side of the field, and at the half Freddy Juarez made a tactical switch by replacing him with Alvin Jones, who was making his MLS debut.

Unfortunately for Jones, his first contribution for his new club was a dreadful one. When Tommy Thompson made a run in behind RSL’s defense, in his attempt to track back Jones fouled Thompson from behind as San Jose was awarded a penalty kick.

Magnus Eriksson buried the penalty kick despite MacMath getting a touch on the ball in the 49th minute giving San Jose the 2-1 lead.

“We were in the game and we fought our heart out and that’s all you can ask from the guys.” — RSL coach Freddy Juarez

Less than 15 minutes later, disaster struck for RSL in the form of multiple mental mistakes from experienced players.

It started when MacMath elected to roll the ball upfield to a teammate in traffic, but his pass was easily intercepted by Valeri Qazaishvili. Not long after, Marcelo Silva had his head-scratcher moment of the sequence. He assumed Andres Rios was offside on a ball in behind from Qazaishvili and instead of tracking the play held his hand up pleading for offsides. In the meantime, Qazaishvili ran right past Silva and easily knocked in the return pass from Rios for the 3-1 lead.

Unfortunately for MacMath and Silva, VAR confirmed the play was barely onside for San Jose.

Real Salt Lake was able to pull a goal back and make it a 3-2 deficit in the 75th minute as Damir Kreilach slipped a shot past San Jose’s keeper on a great through ball from Silva.

With 15 minutes to try and push forward for an equalizer, Real Salt Lake was increasingly looking more and more dangerous, in the 83rd minute those hopes quickly vanished on a red card by Silva.

With the extra man, San Jose tacked on a Chris Wondolowski tap-in goal in the 86th minute and then another penalty kick from Eriksson in stoppage time for the final lopsided scoreline.

Despite the tourney ouster, Juarez tried to keep the mood positive after the match.

“We were in the game and we fought our heart out and that’s all you can ask from the guys,” he said.

Whenever the MLS season does resume, Real Salt Lake will begin the season sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference with some work to do with a 1-1-3 record so far.