Crystal Palace FC completely dominated the Western Mass Pioneers last night winning 2-0 infront of their home fans. The win moves Crystal Palace into 4th place in the USL2 Division standings with a record of 8-4-1. More importantly it moves the Crystal Palace FC within 3 points of earning their 1st playoff berth.
Gary Brooks opened the scoring right before half time with one of the best goals of the season. In the 42nd minute Crystal Palace’s Val Teixeira sent a cross into the box from the left side, which Gary Brooks proceded to Bicycle kick into the back of the net.
Crystal Palace finished the scoring in the 89th minute as Shintaro Harada scored his 1st goal of the season from 25 yards out giving Crystal Palace a 2-0 win.
The score of the game could have and should have been alot higher with Crystal Palace peppering the Western Mass goal all night. But Crystal Palace FC came away from the game with what they needed the most; a win.
Now Crystal Palace FC has a tough 3 game road trip over a 6 day span to contend with. Crystal Palace FC will play 1st in Pittsburgh on Sunday July 20th against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, then they will go to Harrisburg on Wednesday July 23rd to take on 5th place Harrisburg City Islanders and finally they will go to Charlotte on Saturday July 26th to take on the 1st place Charlotte Eagles. Good Luck to the Crystal Palace team as these three games will decide where their seating will be in the playoffs.