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Star-studded Inter Milan roster announced for North American tour

Inter Milan head coach Rafa Benitez is planning a star-studded roster, including fan favorite Samuel Eto’o, for the Italian side’s North American tour this August.

Inter Milan faces FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park at 8 p.m., Thursday, August 5, and Benitez is busy making plans for the North American road trip.

“We’re really looking forward to getting quality games to help prepare for our season,” said Benitez, whose club begins Serie A play in late August. “We’d like as many of our players as possible in place to really gauge where we are while we have an opportunity to face good competition in FC Dallas, Panathinaikos and Manchester City.”

The only Inter Milan player not currently confirmed for the trip is Wesley Sneijder, as the Dutch star took part in the World Cup Final. Eto’o, Javier Zanetti, Dejan Stankovic, Julio Cesar, Maicon and Champions’ League hero Diego Milito are among the stars expected at Pizza Hut Park in August.

Anyone who purchased tickets to the August 5 Inter Milan game before July 19 will earn access to a private team practice session the night before the match. Tickets are on sale now through ticketmaster.com. For more information, call 888.FCD.GOAL (323.4625).