Los Angeles Soccer: Jose Cuevas
The Blues followed a horrendous U.S. Open Cup showing with a solid effort to claim a point against the USL Pro's defending champion and standings leader. They couldn't sustain it to close a two-game East Coast swing, falling Saturday to the Charleston Battery.
L.A.'s failure to adequately defend a corner kick, the same thing that cost it a goal in Thursday's 1-1 draw at Orlando City, was decisive, with Colin Falvey nodding home a serve from former Fresno Fuego star Jose “Chiva” Cuevas in the 14th minute.
The Battery's defense did the rest, shutting down a fatigued Blues attack from start to finish. L.A. managed just one good chance, an Allan Russell blast that kissed the top of the crossbar in the 37th minute.
The Blues started last week with a poor performance in the Open Cup, dropping a 3-1 overtime decision to the Ventura County Fusion and missing out on a chance to take on Chivas USA this week. A terrific effort snagged the point at Orlando, but the attack was ailing Saturday with Matt Fondy out injured, Cheun-Yong Park not at 100 percent, Maykel Galindo still searching for game fitness, and Bright Dike exhausted after too many games in too short a span.