KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (TICKER) —Despite having the best record in the MLS during the regular season, the Kansas City Wizards find themselves on the brink of elimination in their Western Conference semifinal against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The Earthquakes scored a goal before halftime and another just after intermission to post a 2-0 victory in the series opener.
The loss forces the Wizards into a situation in which they must win by two goals to force overtime or three to advance outright to the Western Conference Finals.
With the win, San Jose improved to 3-0 all-time in the playoffs vs. Kansas City.
The Wizards have not scored more than one goal in a game since August 21 - a span of 10 matches.
The Earthquakes find themselves in the driver’s seat as they aim for a second straight MLS crown. But for the second straight contest, they may be without one of their top assist men, midfielder Richard Mulrooney. Mulrooney was out of Game One for personal reasons and may not be ready to return by Saturday.
San Jose has won four straight playoff games overall