Passionate Gold Cup Soccer Crowd of 65,527 in the Rose Bowl, 16 Arrested

Published : Monday, June 17, 2019 | 4:51 AM

Mexico scores! Image courtesy Mexico National Team via Facebook.

Pasadena police arrested 16 people, 10 of them for suspected drunkenness and disorderly behavior, at Saturday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer doubleheader at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena which saw both the United States’ neighbors, Canada and Mexico, crushing their opponents in crushing defeats.

A Police Department spokesman said three were arrested for fighting, one for obstructing a police officer, one for assault and one for unlicensed merchandise sales in violation of the Pasadena Municipal Code. Three civil citations for unauthorized merchandise sales were also issued, the spokesman said.

Canada won over Martinique, 4-0, in the opening game, with 19-year-old forward Jonathan David giving Canada a 2-0 lead with goals in the 33rd and 53rd minutes of the game.

Canada was leading from the outset, and at the 33rd minute, David intercepted a poor back pass deep in Martinique territory and drilled it home.

Martinique’s Kevin Parsemain tried to respond but his 43rd minute attempt from close range went wide of the post. Goalkeeper Milan Borjan thwarted his two other attempts, preserving Canada’s 1-0 lead into halftime.

In the 53rd minute David struck again when he got on the end of midfielder Samuel Piette’s long ball and fired his shot into the net to put Canada up 2-0.

In the second game which started at 6:30 p.m., Mexico’s defeated Cuba, 7-0, with Uriel Antuna, who plays midfield for Los Angeles Galaxy on loan from Manchester City, scoring three goals.

Antuna gave Mexico the perfect start when he scored in the second minute of the match.

Just Friday, Antuna was added to the Mexican roster to replace Jorge Sanchez, who was injured in following last Sunday’s friendly game against Ecuador.

The Rose Bowl estimated Saturday’s attendance at around 65,527.