The L.A. Blues failed to win for the fourth time in eight days Friday night, managing little offense but benefiting from a great Oscar Dautt save in a scoreless draw with the Charleston Battery to begin a two-game swing through the Carolinas.
Dautt pawed away Dane Kelly's stoppage-time header to win a share of the points for the Blues (5-3-4) in front of 3,497 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. The Battery (7-6-4) jumped to second place in the American Division, one point ahead of the Richmond Kickers and 10 behind Orlando City.
The Blues failed to beat Harrisburg in two games last weekend in Southern California, then lost, 2-1, Tuesday night to the Galaxy in a U.S. Open Cup third-round match. They have a game Saturday against the Wilmington (N.C.) Hammerheads.
Charleston outshot L.A., 12-5, and goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra was called upon to make only one save. Chukwudi Chijindu had the Blues' best chance, a blast over the crossbar in the 12th minute.
The Blues' National Division status seems iffier with every match. They are eight points behind division leader Rochester (8-4-3), which Friday toppled Richmond, 2-1, and remain two points behind Harrisburg (6-4-3), which is home Saturday against Charlotte. Fourth-place FC New York (4-5-5), a 2-0 winner Friday over Antigua Barracuda, is only two points behind L.A.