Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero.
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WFC: Del Piero sidesteps ever-present MLS question

NEW YORK — Another question about MLS and a possible future in Major League Soccer. And another vague, noncommittal response from Italian soccer legend Alessandro Del Piero.

Following his team’s 1-0 win over Mexican side Club América on Tuesday night in front of thousands of adoring Juventus fans who reserved the loudest ovations for him, Del Piero was asked about a possible move to the USA.

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As he was being moved on by a club representative, he stopped and went out of his way to answer the question.

“I follow the US and MLS and I love the United States,” he said. “In the summer, I come here for vacation. And now my head is concentrated for the Juventus and then we start the season just right now. I have to think about [the upcoming Italian season].”

The follow-up was a variation on the original question. Is a move by Del Piero a possibility for the future? The soon-to-be 37-year-old had a clever answer for the reporters in the Citi Field mixed zone, which was accompanied by a smile.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m so young I can’t think for the future.”

It was practically a foregone conclusion that Del Piero would be part of the 2011-12 season for Juventus, a landmark campaign in which they are set to open a new stadium. He penned a one-year deal with The Old Lady back in May, securing a staggering 19th season for the current Juve captain.

He wore the captain’s armband again on Tuesday night against América, joining the starting XI for a 73-minute stint which was unremarkable for the former Italian national-team player, save for a first-half shot which he lofted a few feet over the crossbar.

“It was a difficult, hard game for us,” Del Piero said. “I must say it was a good game when it comes to the physical and technical aspects. … Both teams played well for me.”

The Juventus road show next moves to Raleigh, N.C., where you can be sure of two things: The applause will be greatest for Del Piero and someone is bound to once again pose the question that will continue to trail him — until it’s answered.

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