Daryoush Yazdani’s Los Angeles Blues were hoping to pull off an upset of the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium in the quarterfinals of the 2013 USL Pro Playoffs. Unfortunately for the Blues, this would be the end of their season.
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Dane Kelly opened up the scoring for Michael Anhaeuser’s Battery in the 24th minute and Mike Azira’s 71st-minute goal was the difference in the Battery’s 2-1 victory over Los Angeles. Mohhammad Rokinpour added a consolation goal in the 84th minute but the rally fell short.
The Blues wrap up the season with a record of 11-8-7 (40 pointsd) and a sixth-place finish in the league. Even though Yazdani turned the tide around midseason, it wasn’t enough for the Blues to figure out their issues against the defending USL Pro Champions. Stability and a search for better talent and consistency will be the priority for the Los Angeles Blues moving forward into next year.
Stay tuned next year for coverage of the 2014 Los Angeles Blues season on the View from Avalon, part of the FanSided Network.
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CHS: Dane Kelly 24′ CHS: Mike Azira (Quinton Griffith) 71′ LAB: Mohammad Rokinpour 84′
Cautions LAB: George Davis 30′ LAB: Cory Miller 43′ LAB: Ryan O’Leary 58′ CHS: Dane Kelly 75′ CHS: Mike Azira 89′
Referees: Howard Ash, Dustin Thorne, Melanie Stoner, Kevin Roberts
My name is Jo-Ryan Salazar, a beat writer for the Los Angeles Galaxy on FanSided.com and an editor of the MLS Multiplex. I am an avid soccer fan, and a strong supporter of MLS. I first followed the Los Angeles Galaxy back in 1996, during the league's inception. I became a diehard follower of the Galaxy in 2002, when the team first won the MLS Cup. Outside of the Galaxy. I also follow a number of other football (soccer) teams, including Melbourne Victory (A-League), Los Angeles Blues (USL PRO), Pali Blues (USL W-League), FC Tokyo (J.League), Chelsea (Premier League) and the New York Cosmos (NASL). I bring five years of experience writing for Bleacher Report and covering a number of teams there, including the Los Angeles Galaxy.