The San Antonio Scorpions are making moves.
The NASL club landed Toyota as a sponsor for its new soccer-specific stadium, which is slated to open in time for the 2013 season. It will be the second soccer-specific stadium in America with the Japanese car company's name branded on it, joining the Chicago Fire's Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
Toyota Field is set to be an 8,000-seat stadium with expansion possibilities that can make it grow to 18,000 seats, according to release from the club, which currently plays its home games at multi-purpose Heroes Stadium in San Antonio. While the Scorpions' distant future as a franchise looks bright, the near future could be fruitful as well. The club was the first to clinch an NASL playoff berth and sits atop the league standings, six points clear of the Puerto Rico Islanders and Tampa Bay Rowdies.
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ROBINHO OUT A MONTH
The news keeps getting worse for AC Milan.
After the club dropped its season opener to Sampdoria over the weekend, the club learned that Robinho is expected to be out for a month with a right thigh strain that he suffered in the 1-0 defeat. With the club already dealing with an injury to Alexandre Pato, the options up top are increasingly thinner.
Reports have linked the club to make a move for Roma's Bojan Krkic, who would provide support to newcomer Giampaolo Pazzini and 19-year-old Stephan El Shaarawy.
TIMBERS TICKET PRICES REMAINING THE SAME
The Portland Timbers' disappointing season won't cost their diehard fans any more for next season.
The club is freezing its ticket prices for the 2013 season in light of its 2012 struggles, despite attendance for home games at Jeld-Wen Field hardly being an issue and the club reportedly having 7,000 fans on a waiting list. Just this week Portland drew more than 14,000 to a reserve game, which rivals the home attendance for MLS regular season games.
"We're leaving some money on the table, and the business-side people are going to roll their eyes at me, but it just doesn't feel right," Timbers owner Merritt Paulson told the Oregonian.
SINCLAIR TO CITY FALLS THROUGH
It appears that Scott Sinclair's move to Manchester City won't be happening after all, at least not at the current price City are willing to pay.
Swansea City reportedly rejected City's £6.2 million bid for the 23-year-old English winger, who was left out of the club's team for its win over West Ham over the weekend. Sinclair has reportedly told Swansea that he will not sign a long-term deal with the club, but Swansea is not prepared to part with him on the cheap and has three days left to strike a deal for a suitor.
Impressed at the moves the Scorpions are making with their new stadium? Do you think AC Milan can stem the tide without Pato and Robinho, or is the club in danger of falling down the standings? What do you think of the decision made by the Timbers? Did it make sense for Sinclair to go to City in the first place?
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