DC United played well but couldn't overcome Real Salt Lake on Saturday, losing 1-0 in Utah after sitting through an 84-minute lightning delay.
United kept the game scoreless through the first half but gave up what turned out to be the only goal in the match. Will Johnson scored for RSL in the 48th minute off of a cross by Paulo Junior.
DC forward Chris Pontius felt his club deserved a better fate considering its level of play, according to quotes posted on the team site.
"I don’t think the outcome necessarily shows how the game went," he said. "I thought we fought hard. I thought we did all of the things that we talked about. We came out here 0-0 at half and I think even in the first half I had a couple looks, De Rosario had a good look and Rimando makes an unbelievable save. If one of those goes in, the game changes completely."
With the MLS season starting to wind down, United needs to pull together in order to claim a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We just have to stay as a unit, stay together," said defenseman Brandon McDonald. What we’ve been doing on the field has been good but we need to do it for 90 minutes."