FC Cincinnati to host English Premier League team this summer

FC Cincinnati will host Crystal Palace FC this summer in an international friendly at Nippert Stadium.

Crystal Palace, a Barclays Premier League team, announced its summer tour this morning on its Twitter account. The match is July 16.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to bring a Barclays English Premier League team such as Crystal Palace to Cincinnati,” FC Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding said.“It makes a strong statement that Cincinnati is one of the top soccer cities in the U.S. and what a great opportunity for our players and our club. It should be a great night of soccer in Cincinnati.”

The game in Cincinnati is part of CPFC’s preseason tour of North American which also includes games vs. two MLS teams — Philadelphia Union on July 7 and Vancouver Whitecaps on July 19.

Crystal Palace, which finished 15th this season in the Premier League standings, faces Manchester United on Saturday in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in London.

“What an incredible opportunity to play against such a quality opponent from the Barclays Premier League,” FC Cincinnati coach John Harkes said. “This is a club with a tremendous history in the game at the highest level for many years. As a young club, it will present a huge challenge and a tremendous experience for our players and fans of FC Cincinnati. Alan Pardew is a well-respected and successful manager. Having known him from my playing days in the UK, I look forward to seeing him again on this huge occasion.”

Season-ticket holders have a single ticket to the match in their 2016 package with an opportunity to purchase up to six additional tickets in early June. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in mid-June.