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L.A. BLUES: 3-0 is a perfect start

4/16/2011

The L.A. Blues could hardly have asked for a better debut Friday night, scoring three second-half goals -- the first of sublime quality -- to pull away to a one-sided victory over Sevilla FC Puerto Rico in Juncos, Puerto Rico.

Cesar Rivera, Walter Gaitan and Gerardo Bravo netted the goals in a 3-0 triumph as the Blues opened a four-games-in-nine-days Caribbean trek by vaulting to the top of the USL Pro's International Division standings.

Head coach/vice president Charlie Naimo celebrated his 40th birthday with the decision, which dropped Sevilla to 0-1-2. The Blues take on Antigua Barracuda FC, making its debut, on Sunday in St. John's, Antigua.

Rivera gave the Blues a 50th-minute lead with a 40-yard blast. Gaitan, an Argentine midfielder, made it 2-0 in the 81st minute, and Bravo netted the finale in the 88th.