If you were hoping to see the Serie A Champions Juventus F.C. at one of their many scheduled North American tour stops this summer forget it, because the boys from Turin have cancelled. Considering it's late June and the first match was scheduled for just over a month from now at the end of July, it's kind of like being stood up for prom night while you waited on the front steps for your date.
Juve had scheduled three friendlies as part of World Football Challenge, but some of the clubs, MLS, and event organizers have responded quickly with scheduling new opponents, albeit, not of the same quality.
The first match was scheduled with DC United at RFK Stadium in Washington on July 28th and although it hasn't been confirmed yet, it looks like their new opponent will be Paris Saint-Germain with an announcement coming no later than Monday.
The next stop had Juventus heading up to Montreal to take on Paris Saint-Germain at Olympic Stadium on July 31st. While the World Football Challenge is still showing the match between the same teams on that date, rumor has it that the match will be cancelled as PSG are already scheduled to play in Montreal against the Impact one week earlier and no other international opponent that is in the area on that date is available.
The last stop for the club, and perhaps the biggest match, was when Juventus was scheduled to face off against Real Madrid under the bright lights of Las Vegas on August 5th. Word came out late on Thursday that Mexican side Santos Laguna would be taking Juve place for that date. A big trade down especially for fans who have already purchased tickets assuming the Real/Juve billing.
So what was the reason for Juventus pulling the plug on their tour? Money. Apparently they were also entertaining a tour of Asia and the promoter came to them with some additional dates and a boat load of cash. The coach said he didn't want his players to travel to both Asia and North America this summer, so in the end the money decided it.