The L.A. Blues couldn't find the net in their USL Pro opener Saturday night and dropped a 1-0 decision to the Rochester Rhinos at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium.
Former Colorado Rapids forward Tam McManus scored the goal against the run of play in the 22nd minute, his header from J.C. Banks' cross leaving teen goalkeeper Amir Abedzadeh no chance.
The Blues nearly evened the score three times, but Cheun-Yong Park headed Brian Farber's cross wide moments after the goal and two Irving Garcia corner kicks -- with Kristian Nicht clearing Farber's header off the line in the 65th minute and Erlys Garcia firing high in the 70th -- just missed connecting.
The match drew an announced 2,432 fans, more than half the Blues' season attendance over 12 home games last year.
The teams meet again Friday night at Titan Stadium.