Alan Pardew was full of praise for FC Cincinnati following Palace’s 2-0 win at Nippert Stadium last night, suggesting that a long-term relationship could be fostered between both clubs.
It was a night which felt more like a cup final than a pre-season friendly in the eyes of the Palace boss, who was visibly stunned by the level of support shown by fans in Cincinnati both before and during last night’s game, with the atmosphere surpassing his expectations massively from the off.
As Palace look to grow their global presence in the game, you can’t help but feel that the unbridled enthusiasm for football throughout the city of Cincinnati could see a long-term bond being formed between the two outfits, particularly when you look at the huge numbers they turn out in for a team who only came into existence this year.
Following on from the discussion of our US opponents, Pardew spoke to Chris Grierson about the players’ general performance on the night, whilst also offering an update on the welfare of Wilfried Zaha, who looked to have sustained a nasty injury when going over on his ankle partway through the second half.
Having seen the team struggle to break the deadlock in their opening pre-season fixture on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, it was a welcome sight to see Jordon Mutch hammer us into an early lead, only for it to be followed up by Zaha in the second half, with the goals coming as a deserved reward for an energetic and positive performance from our players.
The manager was clearly in a fantastic mood following the game, as the interview above shows. Something tells me we haven’t heard the last of the links between ourselves and FC Cincinnati.