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Preview: FC Cincinnati v Crystal Palace

16 July 2016


INTRO
Having drawn 0-0 with Philadelphia Union on their opening game of their 2016 pre-season tour, the Eagles now take on FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium this evening.

It is the first time that the fledgling outfit have faced an English team but they have impressed in their first season in existence, currently occupying third place in the United Soccer League - the third tier of US soccer, and they will break their attendance record with over 30,000 tickets already sold for the visit of Palace.

Following this game, Alan Pardew's squad travel to Vancouver for their final game of the trip in North America.


OPPOSITION VIEW

John Harkes on the game against Palace: “Discussing it with the players, they smile and raise to a whole new level. Not that this justifies what we’re doing… but to be a young club it’s a great opportunity to compete.

“Both sides play with wingers and it creates an exciting style of play from both sides. It’s the entertaining, beautiful part of the game.”


PALACE TEAM NEWS

Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie have joined the rest of the squad on tour but will not feature in this game as they begin their pre-season training. Jacob Berkley-Agyepong has also travelled out to link up with the team.

James Tomkins picked up a knock against Philadelphia and may sit this one out, but James McArthur could feature after missing the game on Wednesday.

Wayne Hennessey, Jonny Williams and Joe Ledley have been given a break after their Euro 2016 exertions, as have Yohan Cabaye and Steve Mandanda.


CINCINNATI - LAST TIME OUT
9th July 2016
St Louis 1-2 FC Cincinnati
United Soccer League

Eric Stevenson grabbed the winning goal as Cincinnati handed St Louis their first ever loss at World Wide Technology Soccer Park.

The deadlock was broken early on when Omar Cummings slipped in behind the hosts' defence to drill the ball into the net, and on 77 minutes he tuned provider when his shot on the turn was saved but Stevenson was on hand to tuck in the rebound.

That proved crucial as six minutes from time a good cross by Jordan Roberts was tapped home by Schillo Tshuma to pull one back, but Cincinnati survived a late scare to clinch the win.


ONES TO WATCH

Austin Berry was the side’s marquee signing having previously played for Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union but was sent on loan to South Korea last season. 

Englishman Paul Nicholson has spent his whole career Stateside after earning a scholarship.

Dallas Jaye (Guam) and Francisco Narbón (Panama) are current internationals.

Striker Omar Cummings is a former Jamaica international who won 35 caps for his country, scoring seven times, and had a trial with Aston Villa in 2010. 


TICKETS
UK and US residents can purchase tickets from here – enter the code “CPFC” to ensure that you are sat in block 101 with the other away fans.


FANZONE
If you're heading to the game, don't forget to check out the CPFC fanzone where you can pick up some freebies and purchase official Palace merchandise!

It is open from 3pm EDT at Mecklenburg Gardens (302 E University Ave, Cincinnati, 45219) - for more information click here.


LIVE COVERAGE
There will be love coverage of the game on our Twitter account - @CPFC


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