Wednesday Kickoff: Knighton waived, Dynamo delay groundbreaking and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Knighton waived, Dynamo delay groundbreaking and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Knighton waived, Dynamo delay groundbreaking and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The Philadelphia Union's goalkeeping corps is down to a 39-year-old veteran and a 19-year-old rookie.

The team elected to waive Brad Knighton Tuesday, parting ways with the 25-year-old netminder who started eight games in the club's inaugural season.

With Colombian international Faryd Mondragon and United States U-20 starter Zac MacMath in tow, the Union evidently found the 25-year-old Knighton to be expendable.

The transaction means that both of the Union's goalkeepers from last season, Knighton and Chris Seitz, are no longer with the team. Seitz was selected by the Seattle Sounders in the Re-Entry Draft and then traded to FC Dallas.

Here are a few more stories to get your Wednesday going:

DYNAMO DELAY STADIUM GROUNDBREAKING

This Saturday was supposed to mark the groundbreaking of the Houston Dynamo's new downtown stadium, but after not yet receiving a final vote from the city council regarding part of the agreement between the city and county, the club has elected to delay the ceremony.

Dynamo president Chris Canneti told the Houston Chronicle that the delay "does not have any impact on our construction timeline and planned opening of April 2012."

The city council vote is expected to go in the Dynamo's favor, and the new date for the groundbreaking should be sometime next weekend.

FLASH ACQUIRE MARTA

Marta, the five-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, is headed to Buffalo.

The Western New York Flash, a WPS expansion team, acquired the rights to the Brazilian star, and it will be responsible for taking on the contract she had with FC Gold Pride. 

Marta guided FC Gold Pride to the WPS championship in 2010 and led the league in scoring for the second straight season, but the club folded in November. Marta's previous team, the Los Angeles Sol, folded after the league's inaugural season in 2009.

FIRE RE-SIGN ROBINSON

The Chicago Fire kept a part of its defense in place by re-signing veteran Dasan Robinson.

Although the club lost Wilman Conde (Atlas) and C.J. Brown (retired) in the offseason, it has brought in Cory Gibbs, Josip Mikulic and Jalil Anibaba in addition to retaining the services of Robinson, a fullback who will enter his sixth season with the club.

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Surprised to see the Union waive Knighton? Where do you think he'll end up? Disappointed the Dynamo had to delay the groundbreaking? Think the Flash will have success with Marta? Do you like the re-signing of Robinson for the Fire?

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