A goal in the second minute of stoppage time by substitute Steven Lenhart earned the top-seeded Columbus Crew a 1-1 draw with the Kansas City Wizards in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal series.
Kansas City had taken the lead via Davy Arnaud in the 53rd minute but the Wizards were forced to play with 10 men for the final 15 minutes after Herculez Gomez was sent off for hard foul.
Columbus pressured late and finally broke through when Lenhart controlled a bouncing ball at the top of the 18-yard box and fired a right-footed shot into the lower left corner to even the score.
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