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Friday, June 24, 2011
L.A. BLUES: Can't take advantage of advantage

By Scott French

The L.A. Blues played more than an hour with an extra man Friday night, but they needed a comeback to share the points with the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Former Galaxy midfielder Josh Tudela's goal in the 59th minute gave the Blues a 1-1 draw at Centennial High School in Corona, the first of two meetings this weekend with their USL Pro rival.

The Blues (5-2-3) are second in the National Division, three points behind the Rochester Rhinos (6-4-3), who Saturday play host to the Dayton Dutch Lions, the league's worst team. Harrisburg (5-4-3) also is three points back.

L.A. and the City Islanders meet again Sunday at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium. Kickoff is 5 p.m.

Harrisburg played a man down after Jason Hotchkin picked up his second yellow card just before the half-hour mark. The Blues failed to take advantage and fell behind on Andrew Walker's strike in the 53rd minute.

Tudela finished a feed six minutes later from Chukwudi Chijindu, who is with the Blues on loan from Chivas USA.