Friday Kickoff: AEG reportedly in talks to buy Spurs, Zusi signs extension & more

Friday Kickoff: AEG reportedly in talks to buy Spurs, Zusi signs extension & more

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Friday Kickoff: AEG reportedly in talks to buy Spurs, Zusi signs extension & more


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There could soon be even more American influence at a major Premier League club.

According to a report out of England, Los Angeles-based entertainment giant AEG is in talks to take over ownership of Tottenham for £450 million from current owner Joe Lewis.

AEG, which currently owns the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (but is looking to sell its share of the Dynamo) has been involved with Tottenham before, as the two organizations teamed in a bid for London's Olympic Stadium back in 2010. 

An AEG takeover at Tottenham would add to the list of Americans who have majority ownership stakes at top-flight English clubs. American ownership is already in place at Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sunderland. 

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


Graham Zusi's rise from obscurity to national team call-up was rewarded by his club, as Sporting Kansas City locked him up for the foreseeable future by signing him to a four-year contract extension.

Zusi was a midfield revelation for Sporting KC last season, his third in MLS. He accounted for five goals and a team-high seven assists while becoming a fixture in the starting lineup as well as one earning acclaim as one of the league's top set-piece takers. 

His consistent play over the course of the season merited a call-up to Jurgen Klinsmann's January training camp, and he scored the first international goal of his career in his second cap, netting an early game-winner against Panama.


The violence after a soccer match in Port Said, Egypt, that caused the death of 74 people has suspended all soccer activities indefinitely in the country, and as a result, Egypt's 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier slated for the end of the month has been postponed.

The match against Central African Republic was supposed to be played on Feb. 29, but the two nations came to an agreement, and the Confederation of African Football signed off on it. Instead, they'll play on consecutive weeks in June, when the return leg was scheduled to be played.


Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has been hit by the injury bug again. The Ecuadorian midfielder will miss the next month after injuring his hamstring in the Red Devils' UEFA Europa League match against Ajax on Thursday.

Valencia, who missed most of last season with a broken leg and missed time earlier this season with an ankle injury, had been in fine form for United. The club will be without his services for the upcoming stretch of games, which includes a crucial leg tilt at Tottenham on March 4.


Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund's quest to repeat as league champions got a little more difficult with the word that Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa will be out for up to the next three weeks after tearing a ligament in his left ankle during training.

Kagawa joins Mario Goetze on the club's injured list. He had scored four goals in his last three games across all competitions. 


What do you think about a potential AEG takeover at Tottenham? Happy to see Zusi locked up for four more years? How do you think the Valencia and Kagawa injuries affect United and Dortmund's championship hopes?

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