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*I'm told that Columbus has lost interest in Argentine defender-midfielder Matias Almeyda and is in serious pursuit of frontline help. Crew technical director Brian Bliss is in Honduras on a scouting mission. San Jose is also searching for a forward before the season starts. No names available ... at the moment.

*In the last of the four Champions' Cup first-leg matches, we finally have a winner after a bunch of ties: Atlante 2, Saprissa 1. All four series will be decided next week, including Harbour View at D.C. United on Tuesday and Municipal at Houston on Wednesday.

*A Hoyas reunion will take place tonight in the Atlantic when former Georgetown defender Dan Gargan and the Colorado Rapids face Bermuda's national team, whose assistant coach is ex-Hoyas coach Keith Tabatznik. Bermuda, shorthanded at the moment because of club commitments, is preparing for the road leg of its first-round World Cup qualifying series with the Cayman Islands on March 26. Rapids defenders Mike Petke and Pablo Mastroeni are nursing injuries and did not travel with the club.

*Olympic qualifying matches tonight at Home Depot Center: Canada-Haiti, Mexico-Guatemala (8:30 and 11 ET, ESPN Deportes).

*The Euro Champions' League quarterfinal draw today produced these matchups:

-- Arsenal vs. Liverpool
-- Roma vs. Manchester United
-- Schalke vs. Barcelona
-- Fenerbahce vs. Chelsea

Matches will be played April 1-2 and 8-9.

Semifinal pairings (April 22-23 and 29-30):

-- Arsenal/Liverpool vs. Fenerbahce-Chelsea
-- Roma/Man U vs. Schalke/Barcelona

The final is May 21 in Moscow.

*For a good cause, the D.C. area's two USL2 clubs, Crystal Palace USA and Real Maryland, will get together for an April 5 preseason match at Maryland SoccerPlex to benefit the family of Matt DeOrsey, who starred at Middletown High School and Towson University and played for USL Delaware. He died in January from complications of an epileptic seizure. DeOrsey was 30 years old. Tickets are $5. In addition to the benefit game, the DeOrsey Maryland Cup will be awarded to the aggregate winner of all matches between the clubs each season.

By Steve Goff  |  March 14, 2008; 9:07 AM ET
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