Mike Magee knocked in a header with one minute left in regulation, leading the undermanned MetroStars to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy yesterday in East Rutherford, N.J.

The victory enabled the MetroStars (4-3-4, 16 points) to climb into a tie with Chicago for first place in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference standings. Los Angeles, in first place in the Western Conference, fell to 6-4-3 overall and 21 points.

The MetroStars were missing four starters because of injuries, while five others were out serving commitments to their respective national teams.

Magee scored the game-winner off a fine crossing pass by Gilberto Flores, playing in just his second game with the club. He dove between two defenders to get his head on the pass and pushed it past diving goalkeeper Dan Popik in the 89th minute.

The MetroStars scored first in the 42nd minute, set up by a corner kick from Magee, who moved an advertising billboard about three feet before taking the kick to give himself more room. The move worked because Magee's corner went to the back of defender Kenny Arena's head, and he pushed it past starting Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

Arena, the son of U.S. national team head coach Bruce Arena, scored his first career goal in just his second start of the season. The 23-year-old former standout at the University of Virginia and fourth-round pick by the MetroStars in 2003 played 10 games last season, starting five, and didn't score.

* RAPIDS 1, BURN 1: Jason Kreis scored his 88th career goal to match the MLS record and help visiting Dallas tie Colorado. Kreis tied Roy Lassiter's mark by lofting a 15-yarder over the outstretched arms of Joe Cannona in the 49th minute.

* WIZARDS 3, REVOLUTION 1: Matt Taylor scored twice to lead visiting Kansas City to victory.

Taylor put Kansas City ahead 2-0 in the 70th minute, converting a cross from Davy Arnaud. He added a goal in stoppage time.

The Wizards extended their unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1) and improved to 6-4-3. It was the third straight loss for the Revolution, which is an MLS-worst 2-7-3.

* FIRE 1, EARTHQUAKES 1: Brian Ching scored in the 66th minute and Pat Onstad stopped a late penalty kick to help San Jose tie in Chicago. The Fire (4-3-5) is still tied for first place in the Eastern Conference.

MetroStars' John Wolyniec controls ball in front of Galaxy's Marcelo Saragosa, right, Hong Myung Bo. MetroStars moved into tie for first.