Wizards coach Onalfo accepts draw

Kansas City Wizards were within a minute of taking a lead to Columbus for the second match of the Eastern Conference semi.

Kansas City Wizards were within a minute of taking a lead to Columbus for the second match of the Eastern Conference semi.

Without the away goal rule being in force during the play offs, things are all square at the halfway mark.

"It was a hard-fought game. We said from the beginning it's who the winner is after 180 minutes. After 90, it's even," said Wizards head coach Curt Onalfo. "It's like going into halftime 1-1 as far as I'm concerned." I'm disappointed because we should have walked out of here with [a win] and a one-goal advantage, but we didn't," Onalfo said. "Nobody ever said this stuff was going to be easy. We know we have a difficult challenge going to their place where they've been very, very good. But I believe in the guys in this locker room. We've been through worse, and we'll find a way to rebound."

Kansas City last year were able to protect a lead going to Chivas USA and advance to the final of the Western conference, this year they will have to score or go through on penalties against overall league winners Columbus Crew next weekend in Columbus.

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