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Crystal Palace have announced that they are to embark on a pre-season tour to the United States.

The trip across the Atlantic, which was confirmed on the club's official website, will begin on July 20 and will encompass three friendlies in nine days.

On July 23, Tony Pulis’ Palace will face MLS side Columbus Crew, they are managed by Greg Berhalter; a former Crystal Palace player.

Palace will then travel on from The Crew’s Ohio base to play Philadelphia Union – another MLS side – at PPL Park, on 25th July.

The Eagles’ final game will be against USL Pro side Richmond Kickers at their City stadium, on 28th July.

The club’s hierarchy decided to take a trip stateside after a phenomenal turn-around from a side tipped for certain Premier League relegation to an 11th placed finish under Tony Pulis, who took over from the flailing Ian Holloway in the early part of last season.

Palace’s home game against Sunderland in August 2013 saw 900,000 tune in to watch; demonstrating the fact that the English Premier League’s popularity in the US is not limited to clubs at the top of the table.

Indeed, Tony Pulis took on the difficult task of managing Palace knowing that his record of never being relegated was under serious threat.

However, he defied expectations to propel the club to a mid-table finish, pulling well clear of relegation weeks before the end of the season.

It appears that this success has proved extremely popular with fans in the US who enjoy watching the underdogs do well.

The series of friendlies next summer will also help Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union.

The club’s currently sit in 6th and 9th place respectively in the Eastern Conference and Philadelphia will especially be anxious to lay the groundwork for a more successful season in 2014-2015.

Speaking on Philadelphia Union’s website, their CEO Nick Sakiewicz said: “Crystal Palace was really a fun team to watch with its attacking style of football throughout this past season.”

Certainly, the playing style that Pulis instrumented was a far cry from the perceived long-ball tactics of his previous club Stoke City, whom he left at the end of the previous campaign.

The MLS appear to be the main beneficiaries of increasing numbers of Premier League sides choosing the USA as their favoured destination for a pre-season tour.


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