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Preview: Philadelphia Union v Crystal Palace

13 July 2016


INTRO
Crystal Palace kick off their pre-season schedule ahead of the 2016/17 campaign tonight when they take on the high-flying Philadelphia Union at the Talen Energy Stadium.

The sides met back in 2014 at the same venue when the Eagles won 1-0 thanks to an own goal from Ethan White, and 10 players who played that evening remain at the club and will head on tour this summer.

Philadelphia currently sit second in the Eastern Conference just behind New York City FC, with a record of eight wins and five draws from their 18 matches.

This will be the first of three games in North America that Palace will play over the next six days, with trips to Cincinnati and Vancouver also scheduled.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Jim Curtin: "Red Bulls are certainly a priority over Crystal Palace, no question, but we still want to treat that game the right way. We have good, young players and you can treat it like a training session and push the tempo and have it be, whether it’s a half for some guys or 60 minutes for some guys, and try something new. 

"It’s a great exercise to have during the pre-season, they’ve made a heck of a lot of good signings in the off season so we’ll be, obviously, respectful of them but, at the same time, we want to put on a good show for our fans and have a good performance. 

"You learn a lot from those games. We’ll probably be in a little better shape than they are so that’s something we can use to our advantage. It’ll be good for some guys that maybe don’t get a lot of minutes to get rewarded."


PALACE TEAM NEWS

Alan Pardew is without Mile Jedinak, Yannick Bolasie and Pape Souare who have all been given extra time off due to their participation in international matches over the summer, but will link up with the rest of the squad in Cincinnati. 

Welsh heroes Joe Ledley, Wayne Hennessey and Jonny Williams as well as Yohan Cabaye and Steve Mandanda will also not feature for this reason.

New signings Andros Townsend and James Tomkins could make their first appearances in red and blue stripes.


UNION - LAST TIME OUT
9th July 2016
Philadelphia Union 3-0 DC United
Major League Soccer

After back-to-back defeats saw the Union slip to second in the Eastern Conference they bounced back by cruising to a 3-0 home win against DC United.

They took the lead on 20 minutes after Chris Pontius was upended inside the area and Roland Alberg tucked away a penalty, and in the 36th minute they were awarded a second spot-kick when Brazilian Ilsinho tricked his way past a defender and was brought down, but dusted himself off to score from 12 yards.

A minute into the second half he got his second and the Union's third by blasting home after a free-kick was headed into his path to wrap up the win against DC, who later had Kofi Opare sent off.


ONES TO WATCH

Tranquillo Barnetta represented Switzerland in five major tournaments and played for Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke before moving to Philadelphia last summer. 

New signing Chris Pontius leads the scoring charts alongside former USA international CJ Sapong and Dutchman Roland Alberg.

Club legend Sebastien Le Toux has more appearances, goals and assists for the Union than anyone else in their history.

Goalkeeper Andre Blake played for Jamaica in this summer's Copa America as well as last year's Gold Cup success, and he has been selected for the MLS All-Star game against Arsenal later this month alongside teammate Keegan Rosenberry who is in consideration for the 2016 Rookie of the Year.


TICKETS
If you’re a UK resident, head here and enter the promo code “PALACE” which will allow you to purchase your seats with the other Eagles’ fans in block 133.

If you’re a US resident, click here to book your seats.


FANZONE
If you're heading to the game, don't forget to check out the CPFC fanzone outside the ground where there will be the chance to meet some Palace stars, pick up some freebies and purchase official Palace merchandise!

It is open from 5pm EST outside the Talen Energy Stadium - for more information click here.


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


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