PHILADELPHIA, Sporting Alert – Premier League side Crystal Palace kick off its preseason schedule on Wednesday night at the Talen Energy Stadium against MLS outfits Philadelphia Union.
Kick-off time for this match is at 7 p.m. ET. Livescore and updates will be provided as soon as they become available. Live Updates
Crystal Palace are expected to face a spirited MLS side, which is already deep into their domestic campaign.
The Union (8-6-5 MLS) have so far played 18 games and sit second in the Eastern Conference behind New York City FC.
Wednesday night’s outing will be the first of three matches in North America for the Eagles, who will also play against FC Cincinnati on July 16 and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC three days later.
Meanwhile, it will be the second meeting between Crystal Palace and the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium, following their encounter in 2014 when the Premier League team secured a narrow 1-0 win, courtesy of an own goal.
Philadelphia head coach Jim Curtin admits that the club’s upcoming league fixture against the New York Red Bulls holds a slightly higher priority over a preseason game, but said the lineup he sends out against Crystal Palace will be well motivated to play.
“Red Bulls are certainly a priority over Crystal Palace, no question, but we still want to treat that game the right way,” Curtin said.
“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.”
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will be without a several key personalities, including Yannick Bolasie, who has been linked with a move away from the club, Mile Jedinak, Joe Ledley, Wayne Hennessey, Jonny Williams, Yohan Cabaye, Pape Souare and Steve Mandanda, who have all been given extended time off to recover from their international duties over the summer.
However, new recruits Andros Townsend and James Tomkins are both set to make their first appearances in an Eagles shirt.