Saturday, 29th July – 08:00 EDT local time
Good morning, Eagles!
It's an early start for us all this morning as we arrive at Oakland University for our Open Training session in Detroit.
We're expecting at least 1,000 supporters – possibly more – to be in attendance at this morning's session, waving flags, singing songs and lending encouragement to the lads as they give it their all ahead of Sevilla.
We'll bring you all the best moments from it as soon as we possibly can – albeit perhaps after a small break in updates, as yours truly will be donning the Pete the Eagle outfit shortly to warm up the crowd!
We'll keep you posted – there'll be plenty of live content over on our Instagram Story as well.
Friday, 28th July – 18:00 EDT local time
Palace stars pay visit to Detroit Lions
Ebere Eze, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guéhi, Joel Ward and Jake O’Brien swapped shirts and had a kickaround with NFL side Detroit Lions at their training base on Thursday afternoon.
Switching between versions of football, Eze, Andersen and Ward tried their foot at kicking field goals from distance – with Ward, who won the three-point contest in our basketball run-out at Chicago Bulls earlier in the week – particularly impressing.
Changing up the play, the players then attempted to ‘receive’ long-distance passes launched high into the air by an automated football passing machine – with Eze in particular producing a catch supporters will have to see for themselves (below) to believe.
The players received tips from Lions kicker Parker Romo, offensive tackle Obinna Eze – yes, they did meet up – and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., among a number of stars who stopped by to trade jerseys and have a kickaround.
We’ll have a full account, with photos and video footage, with you shortly.