Not enough takers? Too high a price tag? Whatever the case may be, AEG is coming back home to papa. Today, the Anschutz Company announced that they are retaining ownership of the Anschutz Entertainment Group and terminate the sales process.
Sheesh, one may thing. What really was the point in having to go through all that red tape? Needless to say, to put it in informal terms…the suiters were trolled.
“From the very beginning of the sales process, we have made it clear to our employees and partners throughout the world that unless the right buyer came forward with a transaction on acceptable terms we would not sell the Company” said Mr. Phil Anschutz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Anschutz Company, to reporters. “From the very first days of AEG, my vision has been to tie together world class real estate development structured around entertainment venues with premium sports and live entertainment content.
“In recent years we have developed related businesses to further promote and enhance the performance of AEG’s facilities for the benefit of our partners, including our sponsors, artists, consumers and the communities in which we operate. The Company’s operations will continue to be run by AEG’s experienced senior executive team, most of whom have been with AEG for over a decade. We will continue to set the standards in the industries in which AEG operates, bringing our unique vision and development model to entertainment locations throughout the world.”
Meanwhile, Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy prepare for the first leg of the SuperClasico with Chivas USA on Mar. 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET and will be televised by UniMas. Jose Villareal put out a breakthrough performance in the Galaxy’s 4-1 victory over Herediano on Wednesday. This is sure to elicit a massive selection headache for the boss.
Does Arena start Villareal up top with Robbie Keane? Will Mike Magee start up top with Keano and Villareal coming in as a super sub? Or does Arena go 4-3-3 with Keane, Magee and Villareal in an effort to punch the Goats out of the part by halftime?
“I was just happy to get that goal. It was my first shot of the game. I’m just happy that we got the result and we got that victory as a team,” Villarreal told Adam Serrano of LAGalaxy.com. “I was missing the guys a lot [while he was away with the U.S. U-20’s]. I’m happy to be back and now I’m excited for the Chivas game.
“I was running up and down the field and I was hoping to get one chance and I’m glad that I put it in.”
“It’s no secret why he came into the lineup tonight. He’s on fire and he’s going to be a big player for us this year,” said defender Todd Dunivant. “He came right back in [from the U.S. camp] and he didn’t miss a beat after coming back. He was a leader on that team and he brought that confidence here with us.”
“He was done well. As I’ve said before, it could be a big season for him,” Keane added. “He stepped up tonight and showed his quality. He scored a vital goal at an opportune moment so it was good for us.”
Jack McBean also contributed to the Galaxy’s fortunes on Wednesday, and that really brought a smile to the captain’s face.
During training or when we’re playing, I tell them all the time, I tell them to shoot,” Keane told Serrano. “Every opportunity that you have in front of the goal, unless it’s very plain that you can see that someone is in a better position, but if not, have a shot on goal.
“If you don’t shoot then you don’t score. You saw my goal there and probably seven times out of ten, the ‘keeper makes a save, but if you don’t know shoot you don’t score.”
Marcelo Sarvas didn’t have as strong a game as his fellow teammates, but the people who support Herediano aren’t going to do him any favors from this point forward.
“I think Herediano had a good game today,” Sarvas told Serrano. “They had a good team; they made it hard for us. They make our result seem much more important because they played hard. They have a good team. I’m happy to beat Herediano and I’m happy to win with the Galaxy that is the most important.
“We’re in the semifinals against a Mexican team and setting a new history. Everyone wants to play and we expect good things.”
The Los Angeles Galaxy, as a team, are moving forward towards their test with Monterrey in April. “Right now we’re doing well,” DeLaGarza told LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “We’re doing the little things right … except for that one goal.”
“I’ve said before, it’s not a short process,” said goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini. “It takes time, games, training sessions. We’re just at the beginning, and hopefully it will be even better in the future. We cannot think that because we are a good team things will just come to us. We need to work hard.”
“Monterrey’s great,” said Mike Magee to Serrano on Thursday. “We’ve seen them do amazing in tournaments, and playing in Monterrey is extremely difficult. Our veteran players are going to have to step up, and we’re going to have to have some amazing, amazing performances against them.”
“Monterrey has been the best club team in our region for a number of years now,” Arena concluded. “They’re the best team; they’re the team to beat, so it’s going to be a very big challenge for our club.”