NEW YORK – Major League Soccer Thursday announced that Juventus, which has been champions of Italy’s Serie A for the last six seasons and UEFA Champions League finalists in 2015 and 2017, will face the league’s best in its all-star game.
The match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET will be televised domestically on ESPN and UniMás in the U.S., and on TSN and TVA Sports in Canada, as well as in more than 170 countries around the world.
“We welcome Juventus — one of the world’s iconic clubs — as our opponent for the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said. “Our midseason showcase annually attracts the most prominent clubs in global soccer, and this year our all-stars will face one of the sport’s most historically successful teams. And we can’t think of a better city to host the game than in Atlanta, which due to the incredible success and popularity of Atlanta United, has rapidly captured the attention of the entire soccer world.”
Established in 1897, Juventus is the most decorated club in Italy and one of those most revered in global soccer. Juventus has won more Serie A and Coppa Italia titles than any other Italian club. Led by coach Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus sits first in the Serie A table. Among its star players are Paulo Dybala, one of the most thrilling young forwards in Europe; Gonzalo Higuaín, the talented attacking forward and brother of MLS star Federico Higuaín of Columbus Crew SC; Gianluigi Buffon, one of the best goalkeepers of this generation; playmaking midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who leads the club in assists this season; and defender Giorgio Chiellini, a highly-respected leader of the club since 2005.
“We are happy to represent European football in this year’s MLS All-Star Game,” Juventus president Andrea Agnelli said. “It’s an opportunity to get closer to the passionate American soccer fans. For many years, Juventus has considered the United States and Canada as a crucial market for growing our presence as shown by the opening of our new academies and our digital strategy that has greatly expanded the possibility to connect with fans on this continent. The first team and the game, however, will be the main show that Juventus offers and we are proud to be in Atlanta.”
Juventus will become the second Serie A team to appear in the MLS All-Star Game, after AS Roma played in the 2013 event in Kansas City. The MLS All-Stars have also faced top clubs from the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, Mexico’s Liga MX and the Scottish Premier League, owning an 8-4-2 record.