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Crystal Palace Headed to Maryland

Crystal Palace, the London-based, second-division club that oversees a USL2 affiliate in Baltimore, will spend a week of preseason training at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County this summer. The delegation is scheduled to arrive July 11. As part of the visit, Palace will play the Baltimore squad July 13 at the minor league baseball stadium operated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The pitcher's mound will be removed and the infield dirt covered with sod. The main club, which finished 15th among 24 teams in the English Championship division this season, might play a second friendly in the area three days later.

By Greg Manifold  |  May 29, 2009; 2:52 PM ET
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Hey that's kinda cool. Sounds like fun!
Now this link is not the safest for work, but it's nudity is very brief and it sounds just like any other goal highlight tape...
Maybe this is old but I found it, and thought it was funny.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 29, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have any idea how long it takes to build a good mound? Weeks...

Good job breaking this news -- it's not even up on Crystal Palace USA's site.

On the 16th -- United's got a game 2 days later. Real Maryland is in Wilmington for a game on the 17th. The Terrapins?

Posted by: fischy | May 29, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

It's gotta be the Richmond Kickers. They play at "Baltimore" on Sat., the 18th.

Posted by: fischy | May 29, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"The main club... might play a second friendly in the area three days later."

Any NVSL teams available that week?

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 29, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I have always been a Crystal Palace fan! I would love to see them play DC United over Real Madrid...

Posted by: alan19 | May 29, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

@alan -- you're the only one. Though, I've always loved the name -- right up there with QPR and Spurs.

Posted by: fischy | May 29, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

right up there with QPR

Posted by: fischy | May 29, 2009 3:50 PM


Posted by: Kev29 | May 29, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The Phunion press release calls Novak the "Team Manager." OK, so who's the head coach?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 29, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Philly must be going with the English model. Nowak is the Manager ("the Gaffer") who will oversee subordinate "coaches." I wish more US teams used this model, though I'm not sure it makes much difference.

Posted by: b18bolo | May 29, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Let's United play against Palace and see how we do.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | May 29, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Not as scary as Vladimir Putin rearing his big ugly head over the Bering Straits into Alaska's own airspace, BUT:

A large low-flying head could be roaming the plastic against DC United in Foxboro tomorrow night.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 29, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

So Marc Fisher is leaving. Thoughts?

Posted by: kacd | May 29, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Marc who?
Leaving what?
Good riddance?

Posted by: googlio | May 29, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

just wrote long entry on the U-18 final. WaPost page came up saying the entry was "being held for approval by the blog owner."

so, hope it gets through. the executive summary: portugal played dirty, portuguese side judges didn't penalize it, the finnish and german federations told me they thought we were the best team in the tournament and that we had been robbed, and we lost 1-0.

Posted by: troy6 | May 30, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I still hope the long post gets through, once tenorio or goff approves it, but the following is that post with the ranting and anger deleted:

We lost 1-0 on a freaky play when a deflection bobbled weakly over to the left side. Maryland's Zach MacMath lunged after it and came down awkwardly on his left arm. Goal and MacMath broke his arm. so now our two best players -- Garza and MacMath -- are out with broken bones. to be fair, MacMath's was just an accident; no one hit him. (garza took an elbow to the face in the tenth minute away from the play that broke his nose)

Gale Agbossoumonde played his third magnificent game. A defender with amazingly good dribbling skills, he has a great future ahead of him. The Portuguese focused much of their fouling on him, hoping to draw a reaction. His skill set is such that late in the game, when we desperately needed a goal, he shifted to the front line and led the attack.

Captain Amobi Okugo had his third great game as well, controlling the midfield after Garza's departure and feeding lines up the field. A retired professional sitting next to me commented that he was the most talented player on the pitch.

substitute goalkeeper Justin Luthy came on and played very well. couple excellent saves.

had a number of good opportunities to tie the game. frankly, finishing was not a strong point throughout the tournament. at the very end, the ref called a stupid foul on Portugal just outside the side of the box and, while even blind people could see it was a foul and a stupid one to boot, the whole Portuguese team, including the keeper, gathered around the ref to complain. the US did a quick restart and had an open net, but rather than pass to the three open Americans standing in front of the goal, the restart player (I forgot who and wouldn't name him here even if I didnt) tried the oblique shot and missed across the mouth of the goal. at this point the german and finnish teams are chanting "USA, USA, etc."

I'll finish with this thought: the retired pro I mentioned earlier said, "this is good for the Americans. they should know the referees will always be against them and they should know that opponents will always try to hurt them. this will make them better professionals." thing is, he's probably right.

Posted by: troy6 | May 30, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

and by the way, I adore Portugal. Absolutely adore it. My anger is with about 8 of the 18 players who represented their country so poorly today and the side judge who needs a new career.

Posted by: troy6 | May 30, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

That's a shame. Thanks for the notes though Troy6.
Vamos United!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 30, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Anyone paying attention to the Ligue 1 final day? I'd certainly be Lyon if I said I had OL not finishing first back in the fall, but Caen Bordeaux finish the job? If they were Toulouse, OM could swoop in and steal the crown, which wouldn't be very Nice.

Posted by: the_slammer | May 30, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

thanks, Slammer! after seething all day, that made me laugh.

If Marseille Metz with an accident, Bordeaux could Rennes away with it.

Posted by: troy6 | May 30, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Re: Troy's match report

Warning: generalization's to follow.

It's interesting to note that, with all the wailing and hand-wringing about MLS and USSF not reaching out to first-generation Latinos, a number of first generation African-Americans have quietly been making relatively good showings for the US and MLS, all without targeted programs to increase their participation in soccer.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 31, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Allez Slammer!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 31, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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