D.C. United and Juventus, Italian soccer’s most storied club, have finalized plans to play a July 28 friendly at RFK Stadium. A formal announcement is expected this week.
The Turin-based team clinched its 28th Serie A title two weeks ago and recorded the first undefeated season (23-0-15) in the country’s top division since AC Milan in 1992. The club scored 68 goals and conceded just 20. This weekend it will seek the Italian Cup title against Napoli.
Kickoff for the United match is scheduled for 6 p.m. to accommodate national TV coverage, which hasn’t been announced yet. Tickets, priced between $35 and $65 before service charges, will go on sale Monday. For season ticket holders, the match is “Special Game 1” in their package. All plan holders have access to a presale, starting immediately.
The sides reached a tentative deal weeks ago after plans to participate in a doubleheader at FedEx Field failed to take hold. Chelsea and AC Milan would’ve played in the other match in Landover. Instead, those two clubs will face one another in Miami.
The Juventus-United match falls on the same day as a friendly in Baltimore between English rivals Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur (1 p.m.).
Juventus is also planning to play Real Madrid in Las Vegas and Paris Saint-Germain in Montreal.
This campaign culminated a return to glory from a match-fixing scandal in 2006 that stripped Juventus of the 2005 and ’06 titles and relegated the club to Serie B, the second division.
The squad included three of the greatest players of this Italian generation: goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, midfielder Andrea Pirlo and forward Alessandro Del Piero, 37, who isn’t expected to return after 19 years in Turin.
Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic and United midfielder Branko Boskovic are teammates on Montenegro’s national team.
United last played an Italian club in May 2010, defeating AC Milan, 3-2, at RFK. Last year United’s high-profile friendlies were with Ajax (Netherlands) and Everton (England) in Washington.
The MLS club is also seeking a friendly this October against a Latin American opponent.