Davy Arnaud scored three goals to lead host Kansas City to a 5-1 victory last night over the Dallas Burn that moved the Wizards into first place in the Western Conference.

Kansas City (7-4-4, 25 points) scored three goals late in the second half to break open a close game.

Josh Wolff and Chris Klein added goals for the Wizards.

Jason Kreis tied the score at 1 for Dallas in the 31st minute but was ejected in the 45th minute for elbowing Wizards midfielder Kerry Zavagnin in the face. That left Dallas a man short for the second half.

Arnaud, the team's leading scorer, gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute.

He scored unassisted goals in the 79th and 90th minutes to give him seven on the season.

* CREW 2, FIRE 0: Edson Buddle and Jeff Cunningham scored late in the first half to help host Columbus to victory.

Goalkeeper Jon Busch earned his fourth shutout of the season for the Crew (5-5-3).

Buddle opened the scoring in the 43rd minute after midfielder Ross Paule took the ball from Chicago's Andy Williams.

One minute later, Crew midfielder Kyle Martino stripped the ball from Chris Armas and set up Cunningham, whose shot deflected off Chicago's Kelly Gray and into the back of the net.

It was Cunningham's sixth goal of the season.

Chicago dropped to 4-5-5.