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Wizards come back to tie Crew 1-1

June 29, 2005 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Sporting Kansas City News Release

Kansas City Wizards (5-3-7, 22 points) vs. Columbus Crew (4-8-2, 14 points) Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 7:00 p.m. (CT) Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO Weather - Sunny, 94o

Scoring Summary: CLB- Mario Rodriguez-1 (Unassisted) 69' KC- Jose Luis Burciaga Jr.-2 (Diego Gutierrez-2) 76'

KANSAS CITY, MO (Wednesday, June 29, 2005) - The Kansas City Wizards battled back to tie the Columbus Crew 1-1 at Arrowhead Stadium Saturday night. After a mishap in front of the Wizards goal allowed the Crew to take the lead late in the game, the Wizards battled back on a long strike from Jose Burciaga in the 76th minute. With the tie, Kansas City remains in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference heading into their Independence Day clash with Colorado Rapids on the road.


The Wizards will travel to Denver, Colorado for Independence Day and will take on the Colorado Rapids on Monday, July 4th at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The match will kickoff at 8:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on HDNet. HDNet will also carry the postgame fireworks show live from Denver following the game.

Kansas City Wizards Lineup (4-4-2): Bo Oshoniyi-GK; Alex Zotinca (Jack Jewsbury-62'), Shavar Thomas, Nick Garcia, Jose Luis Burciaga Jr.; Chris Klein, Kerry Zavagnin, Diego Gutierrez, Sasha Victorine; Scott Sealy (Preki-46'), Davy Arnaud

Columbus Crew Lineup (4-4-2): Bill Gaudette-GK; Stephen Herdsman (Ryan Kelly-38'), Robin Fraser, Chad Marshall, Mark Schulte; Mario Rodriguez, Simon Elliott, Kyle Martino (Stephen Armstrong-78'), Chris Henderson; Edson Buddle (Chris Wingert-59'), John Wolyniec

Officials: Referee- Alex Prus Assistant Referees- Kermit Quisenberry, Richard Eddy Fourth Official- Brent Sorg

Attendance - 5,519 Man of the Match - Davy Arnaud

KC CLB Shots 14 12 Shots on Goal 4 3 Saves 2 3 Fouls 13 12 Corner Kicks 7 3 Offside 2 1

Cautions: KC- Kerry Zavagnin (Pushing/Holding) 40' CLB- Mark Schulte (Tackle From Behind) 54'

Ejections: None

Post Game Quotes Kansas City Wizards Head Coach Bob Gansler On the game "The sad situation here is it is always a tale of two halves and we did it again tonight. In the first half, for a home team we didn't do enough. It has to be our ball and we have to be in charge. That has been the big stumbling block this year. We will come back from adversity and play well in the second half, but we have to control the game. We did well in the second half tonight, but games are longer than 45 minutes."

On Jose Burciaga responding to his error on the first goal "It was a gift. Jose made up for it by getting us one back, but the idea is to make just good plays and not give them. Jose is a young player that is mature beyond his years. He knows he made a bad play that could have been a game-deciding play on the negative side. But he knows there are other plays there for him and he doesn't go into a shell. That was good to see."

Kansas City Wizards Goalkeeper Bo Oshoniyi On the game "In the end we didn't bring the effort tonight. It was one of those things, it is a warm day, we played on Saturday night and maybe we were a little tired for whatever reason. We just let them stay in the game, and when you let a team like that stay in the game they are going to get a lucky bounce or whatever you want to call it type of goal and the next thing you know you get a draw instead of a win."

On the team's 7th tie of the season "It gets old after awhile, especially games at home. We usually win at home and games like this against a team that is down, we should be able to hop all over them and we weren't able to do that tonight."

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