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Just got back from Richmond and George Mason's CAA championship. It's 2 a.m. and I am wide awake. A pound of chocolate to stay alert on I-95 will do that to you.

Okay, enough with the hoops. Before we move on, please vote for your preferred mascot: Talon or Gunston.

Meanwhile, back on Planet Futbol, you need to know that.....

*The Columbus Crew has apparently taken interest in former Argentine World Cup player Matias Almeyda. He recently turned 34. He can play in the back or defensive midfield. Started his career with River Plate, moved to Sevilla, then to Serie A with Lazio, Parma, Inter Milan and Brescia. The last two years he was with Quilmes in Argentina and Lyn in Norway. It's about time someone came from the Norwegian league to MLS instead of vice versa ;-)

*Olympic qualifying gets started tonight in Tampa with the Americans facing Cuba at 8 p.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel). A broad look at how the team was assembled can be found here.

*The USA women rolled past Norway, 4-0, to reach the Algarve Cup final for the sixth consecutive time. They'll face Denmark on Wednesday (9:15 p.m. a.m. ET).

*Conditions in Kingston for DCU-Harbour View on Wednesday.

*A jealous boyfriend may have sparked the riot that injured 83 at a Colombian match. Wonderful.

"This is one of the theories," said Diego Cardona, secretary for sport for the city of Cali, where the brawl occurred. "But when you have so many people drunk, drugged up and looking for a fight, sometimes it's hard to find out what really started it."

*Finally, we remember Doug Hamilton, the Los Angeles Galaxy executive who died of a heart attack at age 43 two years ago this past Sunday. Many around MLS miss him dearly.

By Steve Goff  |  March 11, 2008; 1:56 AM ET
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