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Saturday, May 3, 2008 (All times Eastern)

Kansas City (3-2-1) at Columbus (4-1-0), 7:30 p.m.

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Columbus Crew will look to continue their hot start to the season when they host the Kansas City Wizards Saturday at Crew Stadium.

The Crew are currently in first in the league with four wins in five games while Kansas City is in a four-way tie for second place in the Eastern table, two points back of Columbus.

The Wizards are looking to rebound after coming off a 2-0 loss at Toronto.

"I thought at halftime we came in and regrouped, assessed what was going on and took a deep breath and started to play a little bit and do what we've been doing up to this point," Wizards captain Jimmy Conrad said. "It's unfortunate the half we played better we gave up two goals, as opposed to the half where they were pretty much all over us. A credit to Toronto - they did well with their chances."

The Crew, on the other hand, have won three straight league fixtures, including coach Sigi Schmid's 100th career MLS victory in the most recent contest.

"It's a great feeling, it means I've been around for a little while. It means I'm old," the 55-year-old German born coach said. "It also means that I've had some good players and some good teams. It's definitely special to reach a milestone like that."

The Crew could be without goalkeeper Will Hesmer who is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury. That would be a big loss to the club, but Andy Gruenebaum is a capable backup if he is called upon.

The Wizards are pretty healthy on the injury front. Midfielder Davy Arnaud continues to be out with a hamstring strain while midfielder Carlos Marinelli is listed as probable with a groin strain.

05/02 15:32:45 ET