After recently revealing that Italian champions Juventus will no longer be playing D.C. United in the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge on July 28, the MLS club has announced French giants Paris St. Germain as the replacements.
PSG, who finished second in Ligue 1 last season after building a star-studded roster that features the likes of Javier Pastore, Diego Lugano, Mathieu Bodmer, and Jeremy Menez, will kick-it off against United at the RFK Stadium at 7:30 EST.
D.C. United president and CEO Kevin Payne is thrilled at bringing an opponent that justifies the billing of a top European side, as he had promised the club’s fans following Juve’s withdrawal.
“PSG is becoming one of the most exciting and news-making clubs in all of European soccer,” Payne stated in an official press release.
He added: “We are looking forward to hosting them and continuing our long tradition of playing matches against the world’s top clubs for the enjoyment of our supporters.”
In an attempt to unveil an even stronger squad at the World Football Challenge, Paris St. Germain are believed to be on verge of signing Napoli sensation Ezequiel Lavezzi.
The Ligue 1 outfit will begin their United States tour with a highly anticipated exhibition match against European champions Chelsea at New York’s Yankee Stadium on July 22.