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AC Milan Update: Revolution Seeking New Opponent for Milan for Doubleheader

AC Milan's Antonio Cassano helped Italy reach Sunday's European Championship Final, meaning he may not see much action on the American tour.
AC Milan's Antonio Cassano helped Italy reach Sunday's European Championship Final, meaning he may not see much action on the American tour.Claudio Villa/Getty Images
Tim FontenaultCorrespondent IJune 29, 2012

According to an employee of the New England Revolution, the Major League Soccer club is in the process of searching for a new opponent for Italian giants AC Milan to take part in a doubleheader at Gillette Stadium on August 4.

The club announced last week that Milan would take on Brazilian giants Cruzeiro in the first game of a doubleheader that would be capped off with New England's MLS fixture against Sporting Kansas City later that night.

Rumors have been swirling since the announcement as to whether or not Cruzeiro could actually take part, due to a previously scheduled match for August 5 against Santos in Brasileiro Serie A play. The Revolution released a statement on Thursday saying that they are considering their options but fully expect to host AC Milan on August 4.

According to a customer service representative at the Revolution's ticket office, the American club are currently pursuing other clubs for a high-profile friendly with the Rossoneri and the intention is to make the announcement of a match within the next two weeks.

For Milan, the match fits in to their preseason tour of the United States, when the Italian Serie A runners-up from the 2011-12 season will take on reigning European champions Chelsea on July 28 in Miami and Spanish champions Real Madrid on August 8 at Yankee Stadium.

Milan should be at full strength for the trip, but Ignazio Abate, Ricardo Montolivo, Antonio Cassano and Antonio Nocerino may be given extended rest as a result of the Italian national team reaching Sunday's Final of the 2012 European Championship.

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