L.A. BLUES: Antigua strikes again

The L.A. Blues certainly appear the superior of the USL Pro's two surviving International Division clubs, but evidence doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Consider Antigua Barracuda's 2-1 victory Friday evening at Norco College.

The islanders' victory, their first in eight games, was their second over the Blues in Southern California, and they could be 4-0 in L.A. against L.A. by the middle of next week. Rematches are set Sunday evening at Norco and Tuesday evening at Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades.

George Dublin gave Antigua (8-12-1) a second-minute lead, and Ranja Christian netted the winner in the 66th. Chukwudi Chijindu, with his fourth goal of the season, pulled the Blues (7-5-6) even in the 21st.

The Blues were without Antiguan forward Peter Byers, who started the season with Barracuda. He was suspended after picking up a red card in last week's draw at Harrisburg.

L.A. lost ground in the International Division and sit seven points behind Rochester (10-6-4) and six behind Harrisburg (9-5-6). The Blues have two games in hand against each. Antigua remains in the American Division basement.