L.A. BLUES: Antigua series ends even
August, 2, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
The marathon series between the L.A. Blues and Antigua Barracuda ended on even terms, with Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Palisades High School following two 2-1 decisions, the first to the islanders and the second to the Blues.
Three meetings in five days might be unprecedented in professional soccer, but the elimination of three Puerto Rico-based clubs early in the season caused havoc to the USL Pro schedule. It's why the Blues are amid an 11-games-in-a-month finish to the regular season -- and why they'll never play Rochester, the top team in their division, until, perhaps, the playoffs.
Defensive errors cost the Blues (8-5-7) this time, with Elvis Thomas forcing a giveaway and depositing it for an Antigua lead in the eighth minute and two dropped balls by reserve goalkeeper Amir Abedzadeh almost leading to goals, too.
Peter Byers scored for the Blues, his second goal in as many games against his former club, nodding home a Carlos Borja cross that Akeem Priestley headed onto his path in the 23rd minute.
Byers nearly had another midway through the second half, rounding Antigua goalkeeper Keita De Castro from Gerardo Bravo's through ball, but Orlando Mitchum cleared the ball off the line.
The season series between the Blues and Antigua (8-13-2) is even at 2-2-1, and they'll play again Sunday in Osbourn, Antigua. L.A., which has clinched a playoff berth, plays Friday at Wilmington.