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Palace's American Tour Diary

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06:00 30th July 2014


The Crystal Palace first team squad are due to land back in London later this morning following a successful nine-day tour of the United States of America. 

The Eagles have played three matches in three different states, picking up two wins, one draw and countless new supporters along the way. 

Here’s a snapshot of how Palace’s Stateside stay panned out in our American Tour Diary.


Sunday 20th July 2014
Crystal Palace’s 25-man squad touched down in the USA, landing at Charlotte Airport ahead of an internal flight to their first stop, Columbus, Ohio. 

The team grabbed dinner at their city centre base, the Sheraton Capital Square hotel, before turning in for an early night.

Monday 21st July 2014
Tony Pulis had his players up early for an 8am training session – the first of five they held at the Columbus Crew training facility.

Following an extended break after his World Cup exploits, today represented a welcome return to club action for Mile Jedinak, who took the time out from his first pre-season session of the summer to talk to Palace Player about his Brazilian adventure.

The Eagles returned to the training centre again during the evening for a 6pm session as the hot and humid conditions began to cool. 

Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Palace were back at Columbus Crew’s training facility for another early morning session – and cpfc.co.uk was there to take a few snaps of the players at work

Following brunch, another man who was pleased to be back in the Eagles set-up, Peter Ramage, spoke to Palace Player about his season on loan at Barnsley and his hopes of forcing his way into Tony Pulis’ Selhurst Park plans.  

Wednesday 23rd July 2014
The Eagles' first matchday arrived as Pulis' men prepared to take on Columbus with one final training session at the Crew's outdoor facility. 

Ahead of the eagerly anticipated opening friendly of the tour, Palace Player went out and about to look at some of the city's highlights, before heading to the Crew Stadium for the big game.

Despite falling behind in that match, goals from Glenn Murray and Jake Gray gave Palace a 2-2 draw in what was a hard-fought encounter, leaving Pulis satisfied with his team's efforts. 

Thursday 24th July 2014
Palace wake up for an early breakfast ahead of an afternoon flight to their next port of call, Philadelphia, for a game against the Union. 

Having landed at around 4pm local time, the players just about had time to visit a couple of local landmarks - the Liberty Bell and the Rocky Steps, made famous by Sylvester Stallone in the boxing blockbusters. 

They then headed into town for a staff meal, before catching another early night to recharge the batteries for matchday two. 

Friday 25th July 2014
Although the match wasn't to be played until 7pm local time, the Palace squad and cpfc.co.uk were at PPL Park early, as Pulis put his team through their paces at Philadelphia's picturesque home stadium.  

Following lunch and a relaxing afternoon off, the Eagles returned to PPL Park at around 5.30pm ahead of what was likely to be their toughest test of the tour, but an own goal from Union defender Ethan White meant that Palace departed Philly with their first Stateside victory under their belts - although boss Pulis believed his side should have scored more goals on the night.  

Meanwhile, news cross the pond from south London that Fraizer Campbell had completed his move to the Eagles from Cardiff City, with Pulis giving his verdict on the striker's capture following that win over Philadelphia. 
   
Saturday 26th July 2014
Following their whistle-stop visit to the city of brotherly love, the Palace players were up early for a 9.30am flight from Philadelphia to the final stop on their American tour, Richmond.

After touching down in Virginia, Julian Speroni spoke to cpfc.co.uk about registering his first clean sheet of the summer, before heading off to train with his teammates in the heat and humidity at the City Stadium.

Sunday 27th July 2014
As preparations continued for the game against Richmond Kickers, the only Palace player ever to have played the USL Pro side in his career, Glenn Murray, spoke to cpfc.co.uk about his impending return to the City Stadium. 

Defender Joel Ward had picked up a slight niggle in the game against Phiadelphia which made him a 50/50 shot to play in the Eagles' final tour match, but that didn't stop him talking to Palace Player about how much he had enjoyed the club's American adventure. 

Monday 28th July 2014
As Palace's final American matchday arrived, the players underwent a light training session in the morning, focusing mainly on shape, before returning to the City Stadium at around 6pm local time.

The ground welcomed its biggest attendance of the season so far as Virginia hosted an English Premier League team for the first time in the state's history - but Palace spoiled the party as they rounded off their Stateside stay with a 3-0 victory.
  
The result pleased manager Tony Pulis as he reflected on that performance and the tour as a whole when he spoke to Palace Player after the game.

Although the game wasn't streamed live on the night, Eagles fans are now able to watch all 90 minutes of the win over Richmond for free on our YouTube channel. 

Tuesday 29th July 2014
Although the players were preparing to head home after a tough nine days in the States, Pulis had his side in the gym for one last morning session ahead of afternoon flight back to the UK. 

The Eagles squad departed the Mariott Richmond hotel at around 1.30pm local time ahead of their 4pm flight to Charlotte, where they would continue their journey home with an overnight flight back to Heathrow.