34 Arrests After Mexico Soccer Victory at Rose Bowl

Mexico Concacaf Rose Bowl (Reuters)

Police arrested 34 people Saturday evening after Mexico’s soccer team defeated the United States 3-2 at the Rose Bowl, earning a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Pasadena Police Department Lt. Art Chute told City News Service that the arrests included 16 for suspicion of public intoxication, six for suspicion of illegal vending, five for suspicion of ticket scalping, two for suspicion of narcotics-related offenses, and two for resisting arrest or interfering with an officer, as well as one for suspicion of stealing a vehicle, one for misdemeanor assault and one for outstanding warrant. Chute said 93,723 people attended the game, according to the Daily Bulletin.
The last time the two teams met at the Rose Bowl, on June 25, 2011, 26 arrests were made, and the attendance was 93,420.

Mexico’s dramatic victory, coming in the 118th minute of play in extra time on a goal from a blistering shot by Paul Aguila, was its first over the U.S. since the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, when Mexico won 4-2. That victory triggered coach Bob Bradley’s departure and the hiring of Jurgen Klinsmann, who had not lost to Mexico until Saturday night.

Oribe Peralta had put Mexico ahead 2-1 when he scored in the sixth minute of extra time, but Bobby Wood countered with a goal in the 18th minute of extra time. Earlier goals included Peralta scoring in the 10th minute to put Mexico ahead 1-0 and Geoff Cameron scoring in the 15th minute to tie the score.

The U.S. and Mexico were the last two Gold Cup Winners; now Mexico advances to the eight-team Confederations Cup tournament in Russia. In the 65 games between the two teams, the only other overtime game occurred in a Confederations Cup semifinal in 1999, when Mexico won 1-0.