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Juventus to play friendlies in Mexico against Monterrey, Tigres this summer

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In case you thought Juventus’ adventure across the Atlantic Ocean would be three games and then back to Italy, it’s time to think again.

On top of Juve’s competition in the 2017 edition of the International Champions Cup that will see the six-time defending Scudetto winners play in New Jersey, Miami and Boston, the club has announced that it has added two more games to its westward excursion come the summer months. Juventus are heading to Central America, scheduling games against Mexican sides Club de Futbol Monterrey and Tigres the week before play in the ICC begins.

The official wording, courtesy of Juventus’ official website:

Having already booked her flights to Boston, New York and Miami for the International Champions Cup (22-30 July) last month, the Old Lady can now look forward first to a visit to Monterrey for two pre-season encounters with Mexican opposition.

The first stop of the Bianconeri’s Central and North American adventure, Juve will take to the field at the BBVA Bancomer Stadium on 18 July against Club de Futbol Monterrey before heading across town to face Tigres at the Estadio Universario UANL the following day on 19 July, with both matches kicking off at 21.00 local time.

The likes of Chivas Guadalajara (Mexico), Cruz Azul (Argentina) and Porto (Portugal) will join Juve in the inaugural edition of the six-team pre-season invitational which was officially presented today in Mexico City with Juventus Legends president David Trezeguet and International Business Development Manager Eva Suarez in attendance.

So, in case you haven’t done the math, Juventus now have a five-game preseason schedule in Central and North America. I can’t remember the last time Juventus had friendlies on back-to-back days, but obviously things had to get a little creative based on when both preseason training and the International Champions Cup commitments begin in July.

So, in case you were hoping to see Juventus play a couple more games this summer against competition other than Serie C1 sides that they beat 13-0, here you go.