Crystal Palace Football Club started their 2006 preseason tour of the USA against their newly inaugurated development team, Crystal Palace USA. The match took place at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on July 15th 2006. The final score was 3-1 to the London side, but it was a fiercely contested game, with both teams impressing.
Palace UK's new manager, Peter Taylor, enjoying a joke before the game.
Palace UK's first-half team lines up with assorted kids after being introduced to the crowd. Left to right: Michael Huges, Jobi McAnuff, Lewis Grabban, Mark Hudson, Arron Fray, Marco Reich, Jay Bothroyd, Leon Cort, Rhoys Wiggins, Scott Flinders, Ben Watson.
The Palace USA team, wearing the Palace away kit, lines up before the match.
As is the tradition at all American sporting events, the USA national anthem is played. Both Palace teams turn for the Star Spangled Banner.
After the US national anthem finished, the travelling Palace UK fans (led by Colonel Britain, center with hands cupped around his mouth) performed their own stirring rendition of God Save The Queen, receiving a warm round of applause from the entire crowd.
Kickoff of Crystal Palace USA's inaugural match and the Crystal Palace UK's first game in the United States.
Marco Reich on one of his many forays down the left wing.
Rhoys Wiggins moves the ball out of the back confidently.
Trialist, Jay Bothroyd gets closed down by a determined Palace USA side.
Lewis Grabban turns up the pace to beat his marker.