Tottenham Hotspur may now begin building work on a new 58,000 capacity stadium. The club have been in the process of clearing land next to current stadium White Hart Lane for two years, and may now move ahead to constructing the arena after local government approved the plans. Spurs hope to open the stadium in 2017.
Spurs, founded in 1882, spent their first six years playing on public fields in Tottenham Marshes. They then moved to Northumberland Park for one year, before taking up residence at White Hart Lane in 1889.
The original White Hart Lane had one stand, which could hold 2,500 people. That’s changed, of course, but the ground’s capacity remains small. At 36,230, current capacity is not the smallest in the Premier League, but there are nine top-division stadiums that hold more fans (as well as two lower-division grounds in Hillsborough and Elland Road).
Plans made the new stadium envision a 56,250 – strong crowd, which would help absorb the more than 20,000 that are currently on the waiting list for Tottenham season tickets. The new venue would be larger than St. James Park but smaller than the Emirates, home to rivals Arsenal. Old Trafford boasts the biggest capacity, holding 76,212.
With the ability to hold 20,000 more fans, Spurs will be able to boost revenues. In doing, they hope to be in a better position to challenge both for the Premier League title and the chance to play in the Champions League.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.