We already knew Juventus were coming to the United States for a second straight summer thanks to their participation in the MLS All-Star Game on the first day of August. That’s all we knew, however, with the rest of the club’s summer plans still to be announced.
If your line of thinking was “Well, they’re in the U.S. for one game, so they’re bound to be around for a couple more, right?” then you’re completely in luck.
Juventus will spend a good chunk of their preseason program here in the United States. And, just like last year, they’ll be participating in the International Champions Cup.
Max Allegri’s men will be again be based on the East Coast, with Juve’s preseason tour taking them to Philadelphia, New Jersey and the aforementioned trip to Atlanta before wrapping things up in the Nation’s Capital. (No word on if Donnie Boy Trump has invited them. I’m guessing no. Too bad — except not really.)
The four-game schedule is as follows:
- Wednesday, July 25: Juventus vs. Bayern Munich at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia
- Saturday, July 28: Juventus vs. Benfica at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey
- Wednesday, Aug. 1: Juventus vs. MLS All-Stars at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta
- Saturday, Aug. 4: Juventus vs. Real Madrid at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland (although this will be billed as Washington D.C. because of who plays handegg there)
Like yours truly, seeing Juventus may take some financial creativity and some begging of the bosses for some extra time off work during the summer.
Personally, I can’t wait for the television announcers to start talking about what happened against Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier this month when the two teams play in August. That’s going to be a whole lot of fun to re-hash those memories.
I also expect there to be plenty of freakout when Juve don’t have all that great of a summer — on the field, at least — because we all know that they always hit the ground running during their preseason friendlies.
No matter what, though, the best team is in Italy is coming to the United States for its preseason tour for the second straight summer. For those of us who live in the U.S., I’d say that’s pretty cool.