Timbers to face Juventus Primavera at PGE Park

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers will face Juventus Primavera on June 14 at PGE Park at 7 p.m., it was announced today. Portland is one of three stops for Juventus Primavera on a preseason tour of the United States.
 
Tickets for the Timbers' exhibition match against Juventus Primavera, presented by Peroni Italy, go on sale Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. Starting at $15, tickets are available through the PGE Park box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (503) 224-4400.
 
“We are excited to continue our tradition of hosting premium exhibition opponents at PGE Park with Juventus Primavera,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers head coach and general manager. “Their squad is very talented and includes several youth international players. Following an entertaining match against AC Milan’s Primavera team last season, this game is shaping up to be a great event.”
 
A squad of up-and-coming players for Juventus, its Primavera squad features four youth international players. Goalkeeper Carlo Pinsoglio and midfielders Fausto Rossi and Simone Esposito are all members of Italian Youth National Teams, while defender Yobie Bassaoule is a member of Burkina Faso's (Africa) U-21 National Team.
 
Several members of the Primavera team have suited up for Juventus' first team, which competes in the Serie A – the top tier of Italian professional soccer. Among those called up were defender Salvatore D'Elia, midfielder Luca Castiglia and forward Donato Bottone, who scored a goal in a friendly against Biellese earlier this season.
 
Juventus Primavera competes in Italy’s Campionato Primavera, a 42-team league comprised of top feeder teams from each of Italy’s Serie A and B clubs. Currently in first place in the league’s Group A standings, Juventus Primavera faces Catania Primavera in its next match on May 11 as it prepares for a postseason berth.
 
In its 46-year history, Juventus' Primavera team has captured several titles in both league and nationwide competitions. Including the inaugural Primavera league title in 1962-63, Juventus has won four Primavera league championships (1962-63; 1971-72; 1993-94; 2005-06), three Primavera Italian Cups (1994-95; 2003-04; 2006-07) and back-to-back Primavera Super Cup titles in 2006 and 2007. 
 
For information on discounted tickets for groups of 15 or more, contact the Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5555.
 
To secure their seats for the Timbers’ exhibition match against Juventus Primavera, season ticket holders should contact a Timbers ticket representative at (503) 553-5555.
 
The Timbers continue their USL First Division schedule when they play host to the Rochester Raging Rhinos on May 8 at PGE Park at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $11 and are available through the PGE Park box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phoning (503) 224-4400.
 
ABOUT JUVENTUS
Juventus was founded in 1897 by several students from a local school as Sport Club Juventus. It first joined the Italian Football Championship in 1900, and at the time, was known for its pink and black uniforms. In 1905, Juventus captured its first league title and since has become one of the most successful clubs in Italian soccer history and arguably throughout Europe. Recognized now by its trademark black-and-white striped jerseys, Juventus has won a total of 40 league championships – more than any other Italian club – and 11 European championships, including two UEFA Champions League titles.
 
ABOUT PERONI ITALY
Peroni Italy is the No. 1-selling beer in Italy. Established in 1846, Peroni Italy is synonymous with the high quality and tradition of the Italian brewing industry. Brewed with heart and passion from simple, natural ingredients, it boasts 160 years of brewing expertise and heritage. Its quality and freshness are ensured daily by careful selection of raw materials (using only distichous barley sown in the spring) and by the care taken in every stage of production, packaging and distribution. Its taste and fresh, natural and sparkling character make it the most popular beer in Italy.