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What’s next for Crystal Palace?

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Roy Hodgson is expected to take over at Selhurst Park after Crystal Palace fired coach Frank De Boer after just 77 days on the job.

It’s a second successive short managerial stint for De Boer, who was fired after 85 days at Inter Milan but won four Eredivisie titles at Ajax between 2010-16.

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Here’s how De Boer has responded to his dismissal, via Instagram, “Very disappointed about the decision but never the less I want to thank the players, staff and the fans for their support. Good luck for the future.”

Palace was blown out at home to open the PL season, a 3-0 loss to Huddersfield Town, losing star forward Wilfried Zaha for four weeks in the process.

The Eagles then lost 1-0 at Liverpool, 2-0 to Swansea, and finally 1-0 at Burnley on Sunday. De Boer did lead Palace to a 2-1 EFL Cup win over Ipswich Town.

It’s another short stint for Palace, too, which has seen a manager oversee more than 100 matches since Neil Warnock from 2007-10. Since then, the Eagles have had nine full-time managers.

Should Hodgson be hired in time for this weekend, he’ll face early and stiff tests in his tenure.

Palace’s next five fixtures
Saturday vs. Southampton
Sept. 19 vs. Huddersfield Town (EFL Cup)
Sept. 23 at Manchester City
Sept. 30 at Manchester United
Oct. 14 vs. Chelsea

So, yeah, this is going to be quite a task for the new manager’s Eagles, who will be refined in the fire.

That said, much like Sam Allardyce was able to lead Palace to safety with a January transfer window in which he signed season-changing players Luka Milivojević and Mamadou Sakho, this is not a lost cause.

Given Palace had a meager schedule to start the season, but there’s a lot of promise beyond the zeroes on its side of the scoreboard and lack of points on the table.

The positives:

— Palace’s 14.3 shots per game rank ninth in the PL, while it’s allowed the fifth-fewest shots per game (10.8).

The Eagles are eighth in key passes, yet have not recorded an assist.

— It’s possession percentage is eighth at 50.1 percent, and Palace is second in dribbles per game at 15.3.

— Palace is tops in the PL with 19.8 interceptions per game, and sixth in the PL with 18.8 aerials won per game.

Most of this has come without Zaha, and the new Palace boss can trot out a lineup with Christian Benteke, Yohan Cabaye, Milivojevic, Sakho, Andros Townsend, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

So, we suspect, Palace is going to be just fine. And De Boer is probably right to feel a bit hard done-by.

Now maybe he was despised in the room — players do have the power these days — but this is a questionable firing by Palace, one that looks certain to “overcome” by time. Looking at the fixtures. Palace will sit Bottom Three come mid-October unless it has another run of beating top teams, as it did last winter.

Watch Live: Burnley host Crystal Palace

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Burnley host Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on Sunday (Watch live, 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with the Clarets aiming to pile more misery on Frank De Boer.

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Sean Dyche‘s Burnley are usually formidable at fortress Turf Moor but they lost their opening home game in the Premier League to West Brom. An impressive win at Chelsea and draw at Tottenham means Burnley have four points from their opening three games.

Palace have zero points and have scored zero goals with de Boer under pressure. A defeat to Burnley, albeit it four games into the season, could be bad news for the Dutchman.

In team news Burnley start with Chris Wood up front after he scored on his debut against Tottenham at Wembley last time out.

It looks like Palace have switched to playing four at the back with Jeff Schlupp, Yohan Cabaye and Lee Chung-yong all coming into the starting lineup.


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Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City: Misery continues for Eagles

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  • Swansea’ first win of season
  • Abraham scores first PL goal
  • Palace lose third-straight game
  • Ayew adds second for Swans

Swansea City grabbed their first Premier League win of the season as Paul Clement‘s side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Palace have now lost all three PL games under new manager Frank De Boer this season and Tammy Abraham broke the deadlock right on half time for the Swans.

Jordan Ayew doubled Swansea’s lead and despite pressure from Palace they held on rather comfortably for the win.

Swansea now have four points for the season, while Palace remain on zero.

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Early on Ayew had a good chance for Swansea but his diving header went just wide in a tentative start to the game in south London.

Palace woke up and went close with Patrick Van Aanholt fizzing a cross which just missed everyone and then James McArthur drilled an effort just wide.

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Swansea almost went ahead before the break when Timothy Fosu-Mensah hesitated on the ball but Wayne Hennessey saved well from Abraham.

From the resulting corner Alfie Mawson headed wide with the goal gaping but soon Swansea would take the lead.

Scott Dann had to be substituted and his replacement Martin Kelly was soon at fault as Leroy Fer‘s cross caught out the defender and Abraham’s instinctive finish made it 1-0. It was the Chelsea loanees first Premier League goal and Swansea’s first PL goal of the season.

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At the start of the second half Palace had a great chance but Kelly’s header was straight at Lukas Fabianski.

Palace, and Kelly, were soon caught out again as Abraham’s lay-off saw Kelly caught in possession with Kyle Naughton playing the ball through to Ayew who rounded Hennessey to make it 2-0.

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Palace pushed to get back into the game with Andros Townsend‘s shot saved by Fabianski and then Mawson made a wonderful last-ditch tackle on Yohan Cabaye.

Townsend again went close but curled an effort wide late on as Frank de Boer’s tough start to life in the Premier League continues.

Report: Palace set to land Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea

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Crystal Palace has won the race to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan, according to the BBC.

Loftus-Cheek, 21, was also thought to be a target for Newcastle United, but instead could opt for Selhurst Park on this expected season-long loan.

Frank De Boer would add his first player since being hired by Palace.

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Loftus-Cheek has 32 appearances for Chelsea with two goals, one of those being a marker in the Premier League two seasons ago. He made just 11 total appearances for Antonio Conte last season, and did not score a goal.

The 21-year-old can play a variety of midfield or attacking roles, and would join Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic in Palace’s engine room.

Hazard and Co. set up NASL club in San Diego

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Soccer in SoCal continues to boom.

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The North American Soccer League (NASL) announced Monday that San Diego will have a second-tier team for the 2018 season as professional soccer returns to San Diego County.

In a statement from the NASL it was revealed that San Diego’s new expansion franchise is owned by star players Eden Hazard, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Moussa Sow, as well as executives with experience of the San Diego market.

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Hazard, a star for Chelsea and Belgium, revealed exactly why he believes San Diego deserves a soccer team.

“San Diego is a beautiful place and the love and passion that the people have for soccer made this an easy choice for us,” Hazard said. “My friends and I are honored to turn this dream into a reality and we can’t wait to get started and win some games.”

The quartet do not have a name, logo or colors for the team, but that is expected to be announced in the coming months. Bob Watkins will serve as the club president and Ricardo Campos, former technical director for thew New York Red Bulls, will serve in the front office alongside Katy Temple as the pieces are put in place for another new soccer team in California.

NASL will have 10 teams for the 2018 season with Orange County also joining the league — California added another team to NASL in 2017 in the San Francisco Deltas — which currently shares second-tier status with the much-larger USL who boast 30 teams.

With Orange County and San Diego arriving in NASL in 2018, LAFC to join Major League Soccer in 2018 and a consortium led by former USMNT star Landon Donovan hoping for an MLS expansion team in San Diego (based at the impressive Soccer City complex) in the years to come, soccer in SoCal is booming.

How involved Chelsea star Hazard, Crystal Palace midfielder Cabaye, Shanghai Shenhua striker Ba and Al-Ahli forward Sow get remains to be seen but they’ve obviously seen a gap in the market in San Diego.