October 27, 2007
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Davy Arnaud scored on a free kick in the 35th minute, giving the Kansas City Wizards a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA in the opening game of an MLS Western Conference semifinal series Saturday night.
The win gave the Wizards a one-goal advantage when the two-game, aggregate-goal series heads back to the Los Angeles area next Saturday at The Home Depot Center.
Both teams had limited scoring opportunities in a game that got physical late in the first half and ended with the two teams combining for 30 fouls.
The Wizards, the lowest seed in the MLS playoffs, broke through when Eddie Johnson was fouled by Paulo Nagamura just to the right of the Chivas goal, about 25 yards out. Arnaud took the free kick and curled a shot around a three-man wall and just inside the right post, past diving goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
It was Arnaud's third career playoff goal, tied for third-best on the team's all-time list.
Chivas USA played the match without its two top scorers, Maykel Galindo and Ante Razov. Both sat out with injuries but could return next weekend.