Los Angeles Soccer: Bryce Taylor

L.A. BLUES: Poor start, red card add up

June, 30, 2012
If the horrid start to its showdown Saturday evening in North Carolina didn't doom the L.A. Blues, then certainly Maykel Galindo's red card took care of that. Nothing on this crucial East Coast swing is going their way.

The Blues dropped their second in a row after conceding twice in the first five minutes, falling to the Wilmington Hammerheads by a 4-2 count in a wild, sloppy, at times invigorating USL Pro affair that ought to have some bearing on the third-division league's playoff race.

Bright Dike scored for the fourth straight game for the Blues (5-5-2), who dropped from fifth to sixth in the standings and can fall to seventh with another loss Tuesday at Richmond.

Bryce Taylor scored from former Cal State Northridge standout Dylan Riley's feed after just 137 seconds, then fed Corey Hertzog two minutes later to give Wilmington a two-goal lead by the fifth minute.

L.A. twice crept within a goal, but the second strike -- from Bryan Burke in the 60th minute -- was costly. Galindo was caught in a scuffle in the net after the goal, and referee David McPhun produced the red card.

Hertzog, whose loan agreement from the New York Red Bulls was extended this week for the rest of the USL Pro season, scored his second 13 minutes later. Corey Miller hit the net in the 88th for the Blues, but it was waved off.

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L.A. BLUES: First goals, first victory

May, 5, 2012
FULLERTON -- The L.A. Blues finally scored their first goal, then netted another. It added up to their first win of the season in the oddest of settings.

Matt Fondy scored four minutes into the second half and Scotsman Allan Russell converted a penalty kick eight minutes later as the Blues (1-2-0) pulled out a 2-1 triumph Friday evening over the Wilmington Hammerheads on the FieldTurf in Fullerton College's stadium.

Fondy took a feed from Russell and held off Hammerheads defender Tyler Lassiter to beat goalkeeper Alex Horwath in the 49th minute, ending a 228-minute drought to start the campaign for L.A., which was shut out twice by the Rochester Rhinos to start the season.

Russell tallied from the penalty spot after a hand-ball call.

The game was moved from Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium to Fullerton College's far smaller facility because of a conflict the the university's Associated Students spring concert, which was to take place Friday night in the stadium. About 200 fans, all admitted for free, sat in small metal bleachers and individual chairs stretched across the north sideline.

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