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Sunday, May 22, 2011
L.A. BLUES: Chijindu pummels Pittsburgh

By Scott French

Chukwudi Chijindu scored twice and set up Edwin Miranda's brilliant opener as L.A. Blues put together their best performance since last month's Caribbean trip in a 3-0 romp over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in Bridgeville, Pa.

Chijindu, with the Blues on loan from Chivas USA, struck in the 28th minute and in second-half stoppage as L.A. (5-2-2) opened a seven-point lead on Rochester in the USL Pro's National Division. Rochester (3-3-1) has two games in hand, but the Blues are the only team with a winning record in the division. Pittsburgh fell to 2-4-2.

L.A. had been up and down since going 3-0-0 to start a season-opening trip to Puerto Rico and Antigua, winning just one of five games after Friday's 1-1 draw at Dayton, the league's only winless side.

But Miranda blasted a Chijindu feed to the upper-right corner from just above the box in the 17th minute, and Chijindu made it 2-0 just 11 minutes later from a Walter Gaitan flick.

Mexican goalkeeper Oscar Dautt stopped Stefan Lundberg 1-on-1 in the second half to claim his second shutout of the season.