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Urruti had the Impact’s first legitimate scoring opportunity, early in the second half, but couldn’t convert the original shot or the rebound. Six minutes later, New England scored the only goal.
“This is (bad) luck,” Urruti said Monday. “It’s difficult. After four months staying at home to play again. The situation in the game isn’t too easy. We need to stay focused for the next two games. We need the six points.
“The first game was difficult for the players,” he added. “But (Thursday) it’s a different game.”
With Toronto and D.C. United now having generated points, it seems likely the Impact must win or tie its next game should it hope to advance to the knockout round. Otherwise, the team will be in a tenuous state.
“We need to be professional. We need to get everybody to work very hard to help our teammates. It’s not going to be easy,” Orji Okwonkwo told the team’s website over the weekend.