Juventus beats AC Milan 4-3 on penalties in Los Angeles as Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, and Timothy Weah are unable to impact the game
- The three played against each other as Serie A rivals for the first time
- But this match lacked open play intensity as four free kick goals meant penalties
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In the first match that Weston McKennie and Timothy Weah took on Christian Pulisic as a rival, none of the three Americans could salvage a meaningful performance as Juventus beat AC Milan 4-3 on penalties.
Pulisic, who recently joined AC Milan from Chelsea this summer, got the start in the friendly played in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, opposite the most recent United States captain were McKennie and Weah – two of Pulisic’s USMNT teammates.
But in the end, while Pulisic and Weah looked occasionally dangerous in the buildup – and McKennie put in a great performance in midfield – no goals were scored from open play on the night.
Malick Thiaw scored off a free kick and Danilo and Olivier Giroud scored off corners to give Milan a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first half. An early second half goal off a free kick was either turned in off Daniele Rugani or was an own goal via Giroud.
The first match that saw Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic play as Serie A rivals went in McKennie’s favor as Juventus defeated AC Milan 4-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw
This match also saw Timothy Weah playing against Pulisic on the Rossoneri for the first time
Set piece goals like one from Malick Thiaw (above) defined a game lacking open play intensity
That lead to the penalty shootout, which went to six rounds. A save by Juventus keeper Carlo Pinsoglio set up Matias Soule’s kick to win the game for Juve.
Neither side looked particularly threatening in the buildup in a match that lacked intensity outside of any free kicks.
Both sides combined for nine shots on target – a 5-4 advantage to Milan.
Managers Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and Stefano Pioli of AC Milan substituted their entire starting elevens, leading Weah, McKennie, and Pulisic to call it an early night.
Juventus now travels to Orlando to take on Real Madrid on August 2, while Milan takes on Barcelona in Las Vegas on August 1.