Within the next 48 hours, the month of July will be over with. Not only will it mean that there’s only so many more days for Juventus to make moves on the transfer market, but it will officially mean that the we’re in the same month that the Serie A season begins in.
But first, Juve has one more preseason game in the U.S. to take part in.
And it just so happens to be against one of their most familiar of opponents.
The International Champions Cup folks have taken to league rivals playing against one another this summer. And for Juventus, they’re included in the group. Today at the stadium where the New England Patriots call home, Juventus will be facing their rivals from the Italian capital, as the final preseason game in the United States comes against Eusebio Di Francesco’s new-look Roma side.
So we get to see Juventus-Roma one time before they play around Christmas time in a game that actually means something. (No, sorry, but today’s game doesn’t mean anything as much as they want you to think it does.)
Maybe we will get to see Daniele Rugani play for the first time this preseason.
Maybe we will get to see Federico Bernardeschi take the field for the first time in a Juventus jersey this season.
Maybe we will get to see Douglas Costa run up and down one of the wings after staying behind in Boston while his teammates were enjoying some of the sunshine in Miami earlier in the week.
Maybe, maybe, maybe.
You never really know in the preseason, though, so we could very well have Stefano Sturaro and Mario Lemina starting as wingers again. (Don’t do it, Max.)
One final game in the United States. Let’s hope it’s more like the second one instead of the first one — except for that still struggling to defend in certain situations thing.
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Kick-off time: 4 p.m. local time in Foxborough; 1 p.m. on the West Coast; 10 p.m. in Italy; 9 p.m. in the United Kingdom
Juventus starting XI: TBA
Roma starting XI: TBA
TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes USA (United States); TLN (Canada); PremiumSport HD (Italy)
Online/Mobile: ESPN3, WatchESPN (United States); PremiumPlay (Italy)
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