Palace boss Alan Pardew has made six changes to his line-up for this evening’s game against FC Cincinnati, with Wilfried Zaha included from the start.
The winger played 36 minutes of Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Philadelphia Union but gets the chance to start from the beginning in front of 35,000 fans in Nippert Stadium.
Also coming into the starting line-up is Alex McCarthy, Damien Delaney, Chung-yong Lee, Bakary Sako and Fraizer Campbell.
Naming a strong team, Cincinnati have been boosted by the return of star man Austin Nicholls who had been out of action for a number of weeks through injury, but he is fit enough to start in the club’s most prestigious game in their short history.
Cincinnati: Hildebrandt, Polak, Delbridge, Berry, McMahon, Nicholson, Walker, Wiedeman, McLaughlin, Okoli, Cummings. Subs: Williams, Jaye, Lee, Luke, Dell, Tomaselli, Stevenson, Ripoll, Narbon, Mohamed, Bone, Millay, Spencer, Hoppenot.
Palace: McCarthy, Ward, Kelly, Delaney, Fryers, Boateng, Mutch, Sako, Lee, Zaha, Campbell. Subs: Speroni, Perntreou, Dann, Croll, Jedinak, Puncheon, Bolasie, Townsend, Kaikai, Berkeley-Agyepong.