Sandy • The coach could shout his frustrations and criticism to himself.

As Real Salt Lake played the Columbus Crew to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night, head coach Mike Petke served a one-game suspension alone in a box overlooking the field.

One person Petke walked away pleased with: assistant coach Freddy Juarez, who took over his duties on the sideline.

"Freddy did well," Petke said afterward. "That's why he was the one that was put in charge. He's my right-hand man. He knows the game inside and out. I lean on him heavily for tactics. He gives me perspective on things."

But Petke will be glad to be back on the field when his team takes on the Houston Dynamo next Saturday.

"It's difficult," he said of watching the game away from the action.

Petke's suspension is now over. The coach won't face any additional punishment for his postgame remarks last week about officiating and the league's review committee. The manager was suspended Saturday after being ejected from the previous game — a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City — but Real Salt Lake officials have been informed that there won't be any more games tacked on.

Players certainly missed Petke's voice on the sideline Saturday.

"It's always difficult when you don't have the gaffer on the side," said midfielder Albert Rusnák. "So it was a little strange from that point of view. But it's not an excuse. We talked all week about what he wants us to do on the field."

The players have only themselves to blame then for falling behind early, and later giving up a 2-1 lead to the Crew and leaving two precious points on the table.

Still, Juarez offered to take some of the blame.

The team looked sluggish for much of Saturday night — and Juarez couldn't help but wonder if he should have brought more energy himself.

"Not good," he said when asked to assess his own performance. "We wanted three points. Maybe I could have riled them up a little bit more so they don't come out so lethargic."

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Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Danilo Acosta (25) gets past Columbus Crew defender Connor Maloney (31), in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Danilo Acosta (25) gets past Columbus Crew defender Connor Maloney (31), in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Danilo Acosta (25) and Columbus Crew defender Connor Maloney (31) go for the ball,in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Danilo Acosta (25) and Columbus Crew defender Connor Maloney (31) go for the ball,in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen (23) blocks a shot by Real Salt Lake forward Jefferson Savarino, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen (23) blocks a shot by Real Salt Lake forward Jefferson Savarino, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Suspended Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke, reacts to a play on the field, as he watches the game from the stands, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Suspended Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke, reacts to a play on the field, as he watches the game from the stands, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata (10) scores a goal on a penalty kick, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata (10) scores a goal on a penalty kick, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan (14) reacts after missing a goal, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan (14) reacts after missing a goal, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake forward Brooks Lennon (27) collides with Columbus Crew defender Alex Crognale (21), in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake forward Brooks Lennon (27) collides with Columbus Crew defender Alex Crognale (21), in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Suspended Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke, reacts to a play on the field, as he watches the game from the stands, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Suspended Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke, reacts to a play on the field, as he watches the game from the stands, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Silva (20) hugs forward Joao Plata (10), after Plata scored the first goal of the match, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Silva (20) hugs forward Joao Plata (10), after Plata scored the first goal of the match, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak (11) reacts after Jefferson Savarino scored for Real Salt Lake, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak (11) reacts after Jefferson Savarino scored for Real Salt Lake, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Silva (20) celebrates after Jefferson Savarino scored for Real Salt Lake, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Silva (20) celebrates after Jefferson Savarino scored for Real Salt Lake, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak (11) reacts after Jefferson Savarino scored for Real Salt Lake, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak (11) reacts after Jefferson Savarino scored for Real Salt Lake, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Columbus Crew defender Waylon Francis (14) slides in to deflect the ball, as Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran (2) leaps over him, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Columbus Crew defender Waylon Francis (14) slides in to deflect the ball, as Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran (2) leaps over him, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake forward Brooks Lennon (27) is surrounded by Columbus Crew, as he tries to pass the ball, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake forward Brooks Lennon (27) is surrounded by Columbus Crew, as he tries to pass the ball, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Columbus Crew defender Waylon Francis (14) slides in to deflect the ball, as Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran (2) leaps over him, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Columbus Crew defender Waylon Francis (14) slides in to deflect the ball, as Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran (2) leaps over him, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) kicks the ball as Columbus Crew forward Justin Meram (9) defends, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) kicks the ball as Columbus Crew forward Justin Meram (9) defends, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan (14) goes for the ball along with Columbus Crew defender Nicolai Naess (24), in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan (14) goes for the ball along with Columbus Crew defender Nicolai Naess (24), in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Columbus Crew forward Ola Kamara (11) score a goal, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Columbus Crew forward Ola Kamara (11) score a goal, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Columbus Crew defender Waylon Francis (14) slides in to deflect the ball, as Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran (2) leaps over him, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Columbus Crew defender Waylon Francis (14) slides in to deflect the ball, as Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran (2) leaps over him, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Ola Kamara (11) celebrates after scoring a goal for Columbus Crew, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Ola Kamara (11) celebrates after scoring a goal for Columbus Crew, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus Crew, Saturday, July 29, 2017.