SANDY, Utah - A shake of the head, a furl of the lip.
That was as much disappointment as Jay DeMerit would allow on Friday following the Vancouver Whitecapsí 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.
But itís hard not to imagine the sting of defeat wasnít a little stronger, considering how evenly the Whitecaps played against one of the best home teams in the league.
"I think we had enough chances to tie, and possibly win," DeMerit said after Vancouverís fourth consecutive road game without a victory. "Sometimes things donít bounce your way up front, and in the back we made a couple of individual errors."
With the loss, Vancouver (9-7-7) remains in third place in the Western Conference but falls six points behind second-place Salt Lake (13-7-3).
Alvaro Saborio scored once in each half and Vancouver played the final 19 minutes a man short because of a red card to goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
The biggest bad bounce set up a penalty kick and Saborioís first goal in the 34th minute, after DeMerit handled the ball in the box.
DeMerit appeared to be nudged by Salt Lakeís Kyle Beckerman, which forced his hands into the air.
"Obviously, I donít go up with my hands up, so I kind of got hip-checked a little bit," said DeMerit, who played his eighth game in 24 days, including Wednesdayís MLS all-star game. "My hand came up and hit the ball. I thought maybe [the referee] could have called him stepping into me, but, no call."
The Whitecaps evened the score in the 52nd minute when Darren Mattocks got past Nat Borchers and raced wide of Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando to convert into an empty net.
Mattocks' seventh goal of the season ended Salt Lakeís home shutout streak at 327 minutes, which had spanned over three games.
The tally also ignited a rapid-fire stretch which saw the Whitecaps pepper Rimando with shots. After managing just one shot in the second half, Vancouver tallied four in a five-minute stretch.
"We had, like two, three, four chances," Mattock said. "Thatís when we should have advantage because itís going to be tough on the road sometimes. Unfortunately, we didnít."
The momentum shifted quickly when Saborio headed a shot past Cannon in the 58th minute. It was Saborioís sixth goal in five games and his 13th of the season, tied for second-most in MLS. San Joseís Chris Wondolowski has 17 goals.
In the 76th minute, Cannon was sent off for handling outside the box after making a diving stop against Fabian Espindola. Cannon was trying to outrace Espindola to a soft backward pass from Dane Richards.
Real Salt Lake extended its home unbeaten streak to four games and won for the ninth time at home this season, a league high.
"We had lots of chances against a good team away from home," Vancouver coach Martin Rennie said. "Itís frustrating that we didnít take those chances. If we had, we would have gotten a better result.
"We created enough to win the game."