Five days later and it still stings. And it should.

Union assistant John Hackworth, the interim boss while Peter Nowak serves the second of a two-match ban, told reporters during the Union's weekly conference Wednesday that Saturday's 2-1 loss to San Jose in the waning minutes was "unjust," a decision no one with the club has forgotten.

"When you lose the way we lost on Saturday, everybody [in our locker room] believes that was an unjust result," Hackworth said of an effort that resulted in the Union's first shot of the game not coming until the 30th minute.

"And really all you want to do is play again so you can right the wrong," Hackworth said.

That chance comes Saturday at 4 p.m. against Seattle at CenturyLink Field against a Sounders team playing on short rest after hosting David Beckham and the defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night.

But Hackworth said playing the Sounders - even on short rest - isn't going to be a breeze.

"It's going to be interesting to see what they do [against the Galaxy]," Hackworth said of Seattle's game plan. "This is a crucial stretch for Seattle. [It's] hard to manage these games in a short amount of time. . . . It's good to have [Wednesday's] game to look at because how Seattle comes out [against the Galaxy] will really dictate our approach on Saturday."

- Kerith Gabriel