The Wizards went ahead with a 53rd minute goal by Arnaud and then played the last 15 minutes a man down when Hercules Gomes was sent off with a red card. They stemmed the tide of chances till the very last minute when Steven Lenhart scored of a Moreno pass in the 92nd minute.
KC travels to Columbus for the second leg to play the team with the best home record. Gomes will be missing for this match through suspension.
It was a good result for KC considering the Crew have the best attack in the MLS amongst the playoff teams, although they might rightly feel that they were robbed of a win. The match stats were all in favour of Crew but KC created the closer chances. Arnaud's goal was the end result of great hustle after a nice give and go between the midfielder and striker, Claudio Lopez.