Zaha scores stunner, but Palace win all about Cincinnati (video)


FC Cincinnati got its first taste of the Premier League, and the city did not disappoint.

Against a third-tier U.S. club, it’s little surprise that neither did Crystal Palace.

Wilfried Zaha scored a wonderful goal and Jordon Mutch netted in sweet fashion as Palace took a 2-0 win in front of 35,061 people at Nippert Stadium in Ohio.

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The goal (see above) were slick, but it was the rowdy crowd that had managers Alan Pardew and John Harkes gushing.

And Harkes:

“I enjoyed it a lot. The boys did very well. When you compete against a Premier League team, there are so many different challenges there. But on the occasion itself, for the city, for our fans, for our ownership group, for Cincinnati, for our ownership group, it’s absolutely unbelievable. This is incredible. Everybody wins.”

FC Cincinnati averages a USL-best 16,000-plus fans a game, so a big crowd is not an outlier. Plenty of promise in Southern Ohio.