Wednesday Kickoff: Dynamo sell naming rights, Santos reaches final and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Dynamo sell naming rights, Santos reaches final and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Dynamo sell naming rights, Santos reaches final and more

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Houston Dynamo fans have been waiting since the club's inaugural 2006 season for a soccer-specific stadium they could call their own, and, come May, that dream will be realized.

According to the Houston Chronicle, that stadium will be named BBVA Compass Stadium at an official ceremony slated for Wednesday afternoon. BBVA Compass is a worldwide bank that has a large presence in Houston and also holds sponsorship rights to La Liga in Spain.

The naming deal for MLS' newest stadium is reportedly worth $20 million over the next 10 years. The first game there is scheduled for May 12 against a yet-to-be-announced opponent.

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

SANTOS MAKES CLUB WORLD CUP FINAL

It took Neymar all of 19 minutes to make an impact at the FIFA Club World Cup, as he got the ball rolling on Santos' 3-1 victory over host Kashiwa Reysol in their semifinal match.

Neymar faked a shot, cut back to his left foot and lofted a ball from about 25 yards into the left upper 90 to open the scoring. Borges scored five minutes later off a beautiful turn-and-fire from the top of the box to double the lead, but Kashiwa pulled one back with Hiroki Sakai's power header off a corner kick in the 54th minute.

Danilo ended all doubt for the Brazilians and capped the scoring with a low, 63rd-minute free kick that took a wicked curve and placed the South American champions in the final, where they'll play either Barcelona or Al Sadd.

MONTERREY TAKES FIFTH PLACE

CONCACAF entrant Monterrey salvaged a fifth-place finish at the Club World Cup, taking down African champions Esperance with a 3-2 result.

Hiram Mier, Aldo de Nigris and Jesus Zavala scored in an eight-minute stretch spanning the end of the first half and beginning of the second to lift the Mexican side, which was without injured striker Humberto Suazo.

Esperance pulled within a goal with a late penalty but couldn't find the equalizer and settled for sixth place at the seven-team tournament. 

Highlights can be seen here.

COLOMBIA SACKS COACH

After just four months in charge, Leonel Alvarez is through as coach of the Colombia national team.

Alvarez, a former Colombia assistant and standout player, took over for Hernan Dario Gomez after the coach got into a physical altercation with a woman at a bar. Alvarez guided Colombia to a win over Bolivia, a loss to Argentina and a draw with Venezuela in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying but was ultimately let go.

Former Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino, a top candidate for the job over the summer, is a speculative candidate once again according to reports.

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What do you think of the Dynamo's new stadium name? What nicknames for the stadium can you come up with? Impressed with the quality of Santos' goals? Disappointed that Monterrey couldn't at least reach the semifinals? What do you make of Alvarez getting axed?

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