Sixteen people were arrested, including 10 suspected of being drunk and disorderly, at a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer doubleheader Saturday at the Rose Bowl featuring the Mexican men’s national team.
Three arrests were made for fighting and one each for obstructing a police officer, assault and violating Pasadena’s municipal code for unlicensed merchandise sales, Pasadena Police Department Lt. Art Chute told City News Service.
There were also three civil citations issued for unauthorized merchandise sales, Chute said.
The arrest figure was similar to other appearances by the Mexican men’s national team at the Rose Bowl, Chute said.
“It comes with challenges when you have this crowd,” Chute said. “They’re very passionate about their teams. Because it was a doubleheader, it gave them more time to consume alcohol and the more alcohol you have consumed the more problems you tend to have, the behavior’s a little worse.”
Mexico’s 7-0 victory over Cuba in the second game started around 6:30 p.m. Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Uriel Antuna scored three goals, one day after being added after being added to the roster to replace the injured Jorge Sanchez.
Canada defeated Martinique, 4-0, in the opener with 19-year-old forward Jonathan David giving Canada a 2-0 lead with goals in the 33rd and 53rd minutes in the 90-minute game.
Attendance was announced at 65,527.
Both games were Group A games in the biennial championship of the North America, Central America and Caribbean region.
The game was Mexico’s first in the Los Angeles area since May 28, 2018, when it tied Wales, 0-0, in an exhibition before a crowd announced at 82,345 at the Rose Bowl.
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