Crystal Palace play their second pre-season friendly of 2016 this evening in Cincinnati in a game that will see the biggest ever attendence for a football match on Ohio’s history.
As the second one of Palace’s three North American fixtures this July, our tie in Cincinnati will comfortably draw the biggest crowd, such is the desire for a successful football team across the city.
Whilst both Philadelphia Union and the Vancouver Whitecaps play their games in the MLS, FC Cincinnati are still building themselves up from the grass roots of the US game and as such, are looking towards this evening’s encounter with Palace as a watershed moment in their brief yet explosive history.
Thanks to the extensive feature from the South London Press attached above, we have been offered a window into the inner-workings of a football club that hasn’t received anywhere near the same level of exposure as the other two teams featured on the tour. Alongside that, there is also some injury news included in the piece which gives a blueprint for who will and won’t play in red and blue this evening.
Given their modest stature, we can probably expect the Palace players to run out comfortable winners over the course of 90 minutes but in front of a raucous crowd topping 35,000, we shouldn’t be taking anything for granted prior to kick-off.
Admittedly, the solid display we put in against Philadelphia on Wednesday evening should act as a decent marker for what we can logically hope for from the squad tonight, but there’s a lot to be said for playing with a vocal set of supporters behind you, as those who visit Selhurst Park on a regular basis can attest to.
I think, given the nature of the story behind FC Cincinnati’s rise featured above, I’ve just found an American team to follow in the future.