Thursday June 21 2012
Juve to cancel US tour - report

Juventus look set to cancel their tour of the United States this summer, in an attempt to maximise preparations for 2012-13.

The Bianconeri were due to travel to North America as part of their pre-season plans, with three games arranged as part of the World Football Challenge 2012.

Juve were set to play DC United on July 28 in Washington, Paris Saint-Germain on July 31 in Montreal and Real Madrid on August 5 in Las Vegas.

However, in light of the rearrangement of the Supercoppa Italiana clash with Napoli falling just a week on from the Real game and confirmation that it will be played in Beijing, China, rumours began circulating that Antonio Conte and his staff had requested that the club scrap the US leg of pre-season.

This was believed to be in order to make sure that time otherwise spent travelling could instead be used for suitable training and conditioning of the players.

The club’s intention to reorganise their pre-season now look set to be confirmed, as DC United announced today on their official website that they are looking for a new opponent to play in the July 28 slot.

“We’ve received word that Juventus FC will no longer be playing in Washington, D.C,” read the posting.

“While we’re disappointed with the news, D.C. United is already in discussions with another, major European team to fill that date and will share opponent and ticketing details as a deal is finalised.”

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