Morning Ticker: Houston hopeful for stadium, Robinho urged to stay and more

Morning Ticker: Houston hopeful for stadium, Robinho urged to stay and more

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Morning Ticker: Houston hopeful for stadium, Robinho urged to stay and more

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by FRANCO PANIZO

The Houston Dynamo will be one of seven clubs without a soccer-specific stadium for the 2010 MLS season, but the club is hoping it can at least agree in principle to starting such a stadium soon.

Dynamo officials are continuing their efforts to push for a new stadium, stating that a soccer-friendly stadium would benefit the club exponentially.

“There’s two things,” Dynamo president Oliver Luck told the Houston Chronicle. “We’re not able to deliver the type of experience for the fan that other MLS teams can deliver, nor are we able to deliver the experience the Houston fans have become accustomed to with Reliant Stadium, Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center. And there’s no question that financially, the upside of operating a stadium will help us be competitive with other MLS teams."

The club faces an up-hill battle, however, as the Chronicle reported last month that registered voters were not in favor of having the city fund part of the estimated $80 million for the stadium in a poll done by local Rice University.

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Mancini urges Robinho to stay

When Robinho made the jump from Real Madrid to Manchester City for a record English fee, the Brazilian was expected to be the star that would catapult the club from mediocrity to stardom. Robinho's time with City has not gone as expected, leaving him wanting a move away from the club, but day-old manager Roberto Mancini is hoping to change that.

After being linked with Barcelona for weeks now, Robinho saw his potential transfer to the Spanish giants fall through on Monday after a fee could not be agreed upon. But the want-away striker is a wanted man by Mancini, who has eyed a top four finish for Citizens this campaign and an EPL championship in the next.

Mancini has told Robinho to stay with the club, stating that Robinho should stick around to make history for City as he did with Sampdoria during his playing days.

Robinho, who has not scored in his six appearances this season, will need to make a decision soon, as the winter transfer window draws near.

Jeremiah White cuts contract with AGF Aarhus

Jeremiah White and AGF Aarhus agreed to terminating White's contract on Monday, roughly six months before it expired. Now a free agent, White said he expects to be with a new club soon, and that he has a few offers on the table. The left-footed winger played in 93 games and scored seven goals for Aarhus since joining the club in January 2007.

Heavy machinery arrives at KC stadium site

Heavy machinery arrived at the future site of Kansas City's soccer-specific stadium on Monday, providing Wizards' fans with another reason to smile during this holiday season. Dirt work is set to begin in the new term, and Wizards fans are being encouraged to track the progress of the stadium by submitting photos.

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Think Houston will land the stadium soon? Do you see Robinho staying with Manchester City? Where do you see White ending up? Are you a Kansas City fan hoping to get a new camera for Christmas to document the stadium's progress?

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