The Serie A champions will face off against an MLSC All-Star side in Atlanta on Wednesday though will have to wait a bit more to see Ronaldo in action
Juventus will gear up to play their penultimate International Champions Cup (ICC) game of their pre-season tour against an MLS All-Stars team at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The Serie A side have been getting their pre-season underway in the United States, drawing 1-1 against Benfica and winning 2-0 against Bayern Munich.
An XI of MLS stars will be assembled to feature against the Italian champions in Georgia, though Juventus fans will have to wait just a little longer to see new superstar signing Cristiano Ronaldo in action – as he is not slated to feature for the side until the start of the new season.
Here is everything you need to know about the fixture on Wednesday.
|Game||MLS All-Stars vs Juventus|
|Date||Wednesday, August 1|
|Time||12:30am BST / 7:30pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US) the game will be shown live on television on ESPN U and will be available to stream live online via WatchESPN.
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Premier Sports and online via the Premier Player .
Squads & Team News
|Position||MLS All-Stars players|
|Defenders||Zusi, Parkhurst, Murillo, Long, Hedges, Ciman, Calvo|
|Midfielders||Zahibo, Yotun, Valeri, Ilie, Ring, Piatti, Elis, Dos Santos, Davies, Barco, Almiron|
|Forwards||Wright-Phillips, Vela, Martinez, Giovinco|
David Villa will not be participating in the fixture due to knee injury and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be participating in the fixture due to his involvement with LA Galaxy.
Potential MLS All-Stars XI: Guzan; Murillo, Hedges, Parkhurst, Calvo; Adams, Sanchez; Vela, Valeri, Giovinco; Martinez
|Goalkeepers||Szczesny, Perin, Pinsoglio, Del Favero|
|Defenders||De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Alex Sandro, Caldara, Barzagli, Cancelo, Rugani, Beruatto, Macek, Kastanos|
|Midfielders||Pjanic, Khedira, Marchisio, Can, Fernandes, Pereira da Silva, Di Pardo, Fagioli|
|Forwards||Bernardeschi, Clemenza, Beltrame, Favilli|
In addition to Ronaldo still on his post-World Cup holiday, the likes of Paulo Dybala, Higuain and Marko Pjaca will also sit out the remainder of the ICC. However, stars such as Emre Can and Joao Cancelo are set to take part.
Potential Juventus XI: Perin; De Sciglio, Barzagli, Chiellini, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Can, Marchisio; Bernardeschi, Clemenza.
Betting & Match Odds
Juventus are priced 4/5 to win the tie according to bet365, while a draw is available for 7/2. Odds of the MLS All-Stars winning are up for 11/5.
Ibrahimovic and Villa have been ruled out of playing in the game against Juventus. The former Swedish international was set to lead the line against his former team, but was forced to pull out of the fixture due to LA Galaxy’s recent busy schedule.
“I am disappointed to miss the 2018 All-Star game against Juventus, one of my former clubs,” said Ibrahimovic, who played for the Bianconeri from 2004-06. “I want to thank the fans for voting me to the team. My main focus is to score goals and help the LA Galaxy to the playoffs.”
Meanwhile, Villa, who missed NYCFC’s last six games due to a knee injury, has been deemed unfit to play for the game, with his omission announced on Monday.
The game against Juventus will be the first MLS All-Star Game he has missed in his four years playing in the league.
Under MLS rules, due to Ibrahimovic’s absence from the All-Star Game, he will be forced to sit out of the Galaxy’s next match – against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday in Denver – while Villa will miss NYCFC’s home game against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
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Atlanta United coach Gerardo Martino, who is set to helm the MLS All-Stars squad, has selected players such as Carlos Vela and Sebastian Giovinco to face the Italian champions.
Juventus got their ICC campaign off with a strong start after defeating Bayern 2-0, though only managed to beat Benfica through penalty shootout after the game ended 1-1 in extra-time.
It is the first season that the Italian side will embark on since veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon moved to PSG, though will be pushed on by the signing of Ronaldo who transferred to Serie A from Real Madrid in a €100m move earlier in the summer.