24 July 2014 03:34
Crystal Palace continued their preparations for the upcoming Premier League season with a 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew on Wednesday.
In a scrappy affair at Crew Stadium, honours were shared after Daniel Paladini equalised for Columbus with 10 minutes remaining.
After the team’s exchanged goals in the opening 45 minutes, with striker Glen Murray cancelling out Adam Bedell’s opener, Palace seemed on track for victory when second-half substitute Jake Gray bundled the ball over the line in the 70th minute.
However, Paladini had other ideas as he found the back of the net with a header during the closing stages.
Palace – contesting the first of three fixtures in the United States – arrived in the US on the back of a 14-1 rout of seventh-tier Austrian club Grazer AK last week.
But coming up against a Columbus outfit in the midst of a MLS campaign, Tony Pulis’ men found the going tougher.
Columbus came closest to scoring through Agustin Viana in the 10th minute, though the defender’s header cannoned off the post and into the hands of goalkeeper Julian Speroni.
The Crew were rewarded for their efforts four minutes later, when towering striker Bedell – in his first year at the club – guided his header across goal and into the far left corner.
Palace levelled proceedings 10 minutes before the half-time interval courtesy of Murray, whose glancing header left Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson with no chance.
Pulis made a host of changes after the break, with captain Mile Jedinak, scorer Murray and shot-stopper Speroni making way for the likes of Marouane Chamakh, Barry Bannan and Wayne Hennessey.
Chamakh made an impact in the second half, hitting the post in the 70th minute before fellow substitute and youth-team star Gray pounced on the rebound.
Not to be outdone, Columbus restored parity 10 minutes later thanks to new recruit Paladini.