Gary Smith said Wednesday nightâ€™s 1-0 loss to Real Sal Lake was not because his Colorado Rapids side performed badly.
The Rapids were hoping to bounce back from their disappointing 3-0 loss in the 2010 MLS Cup final replay against FC Dallas on the weekend but had to succumb to a late goal from Fabian Espindola â€“ although questionable as he was off-side â€“ and go away be empty-handed.
Despite that fact, Smith was happy with the overall showing of his players.
â€śThese were two very competitive teams and itâ€™s just a real shame that things were decided on a bad call,â€ť he told MLSsoccer.com.
â€śEspecially in that first half when, on one or two occasions, the final ball wasnâ€™t maybe as clinical as it could have been.
â€śThe energy and the focus on the job in hand were so much more elevated (than the Dallas game),â€ť he added. â€śEveryoneâ€™s attitude was so much better and that makes it all the more galling it was decided that way.â€ť