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Richmond Kickers to host Premier League's Crystal Palace

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The Premier League is headed to Richmond in July, when Crystal Palace will take on the Kickers at City Stadium.

The international exhibition on July 28 marks the first time ever a team from England's top flight will appear in Virginia, the team announced Monday.

"The English Premier League is widely considered the World's greatest sports league and when you add this summer's World Cup, our rapidly increasing fan support, and the desire to develop a soccer specific stadium, we knew this was the time to showcase the Premier League in Virginia," said Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer.

Crystal Palace will also play the Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union before heading to Richmond as part of a nine-day preseason tour.

"We are delighted to host Crystal Palace who recently completed a memorable Premier League campaign with victories over Chelsea and Everton and a dramatic 3-3 draw with Liverpool," added Cowlishaw. "We anticipate a sell-out night on July 28 and we invite the Richmond community to join us in celebrating the beautiful game with their hometown team."

The team, which was established in 1905 and plays in the London suburb of South Norwood, is used to playing in front of up to 26,000 fans at their home stadium of Selhurst Park.

General admission tickets for $30 go on sale on May 26, with a presale underway seven days prior at RichmondKickers.com for season ticket holders, sponsors and youth club members.  Fans who purchase tickets in advance at RichmondKickers.com for the Kickers versus Charlotte Eagles match on May 24 or the U.S. Open Cup Third Round match versus the New York Greek American Atlas on May 28 will also qualify to participate in the pre-sale. 

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