FC Cincinnati set a USL attendance record when 23,375 fans saw the team beat Pittsburgh 1-0 Saturday. (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW Sports)
Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park in South Norwood, London (Photo: Flickr/Mr Bootle)
FC Cincinnati won its second round game of the U.S. Open Cup 2-1 against the Indy Eleven NPSL, which was its first ever win in the tournament at Nippert Stadium Wednesday night. (Photo: FOX19 NOW Sports)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
FC Cincinnati will host an English Premier League team this summer.
The team announced they will play an international friendly match against Crystal Palace on Saturday, July 16 at Nippert Stadium.
“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,” said President and General Manager, Jeff Berding.
Tickets will be available for the general public in mid-June and will start at $10. Season ticket holders already have their ticket for the match.
“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," said Head Coach John Harkes.
Crystal Palace, which plays in the Barclays Premier League, will be the first English club FC Cincinnati has played.
Palace finished 15th in the Barclays Premier League this past season. They will play Barclays Premier League powerhouse Manchester United in the Football Association Cup Final Saturday - a tournament like the one FC Cincinnati advanced in Wednesday.
“It’s a trip that I think will be good for the club,” said Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, in a press release. “As we prepare for our upcoming Premier League season, we had a number of teams that want to play us and we’ve taken this opportunity to go to North America to spread the word of the type of football we play."
Palace play at Selhurst Park in South Norwood, London. Selhurst Park has a capacity of 26,255, which compares to the 40,000 that Nipper Stadium can hold.
FC Cincinnati has already seen an historic season in its inaugural year in the USL.
They set a USL attendance record when 23,375 fans saw the team beat Pittsburgh 1-0.
They now have seen 69,848 fans total in four home games. Their average of 17,472 fans per game is higher than five Major League Soccer teams averaged in 2015, including the Columbus Crew. FCC is also averaging roughly 14,000 more fans a game than the USL average in 2015.