MLS notes: FC Dallas loses stadium sponsor, Impact sign Brazilian and more

MLS notes: FC Dallas loses stadium sponsor, Impact sign Brazilian and more

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MLS notes: FC Dallas loses stadium sponsor, Impact sign Brazilian and more

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For the first time since its soccer-specific stadium opened in 2005, FC Dallas won't be playing at Pizza Hut Park. 

Instead, the club will play at the temporarily named FC Dallas Stadium while it searches for a new sponsor.

Pizza Hut is reportedly dropping its sponsorship of the stadium, effective after the Football Championship Subdivision title game is held there on Jan. 7. FCD is now in the market for both a jersey and stadium-naming-rights sponsor as it heads into the 2012 season.

FC Dallas' first game at the rebranded FC Dallas Stadium is against the New York Red Bulls on March 11 and will be the first televised MLS game on the NBC Sports Network under the league's new TV deal.

Here are a couple of more items from around MLS:

IMPACT SIGN BRAZILIAN MF

The Montreal Impact continue to build their roster, this time dipping into the international market to sign 21-year-old Brazillian midfielder Felipe Campanholi Martins.

He was most recently employed by FC Lugano in Switzerland's second division, where he has played or was loaned out from for the last four years. Prior to that he was in Italy's third tier with Padova Calcio from 2007-2009, joining the club as a 17-year-old.

JAMES LEAVES TIMBERS STAFF

Longtime MLS assistant coach Trevor James has stepped down from his post with the Portland Timbers for reasons undisclosed by both coach and organization.

The England native was with the Timbers for one season following five years working under the likes of Frank Yallop and Bruce Arena with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He had an extended playing and coaching career overseas prior to coming to the United States.

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What do you think about the FC Dallas stadium situation? What do you think of the Impact's roster to date? Think James would make for a good MLS head coaching candidate?

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