Pasadena police had their hands full Saturday as Mexico overcame an early two-goal deficit to defeat the United States 4-2 at the Rose Bowl in the final of soccer's Gold Cup.
At least 20 people were arrested in and around the stadium on suspicion of public drunkenness, police said. Over 93,400 people attended the game.
Four others were arrested for fighting, one for illegal vending, one for child endangerment and one person for running onto the field during the match, Pasadena police Sgt. Kate Favara told City News Service.
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By 11:30 p.m., the action had shifted from the Rose Bowl to nightclubs in the city's Old Town, Favara said. Officers were watching for fights and drunken drivers "like a busy Saturday night,'' she said.
Soccer fans flooded the foothill city for the 6 p.m. match, causing traffic jams, but Pasadena police are used to handling game-day crowds.
"It seems many of them arrived early and started drinking in the parking lot,'' Sgt. Barbara Lomeli said. "People do some crazy things when they have alcohol in them.''
Fans were advised to arrive by 4 p.m. for the game to decide the championship for the North American, Central American and Caribbean region.
The number of arrests was "a little bit more'' than the typical figure for a UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl, Lomeli said. UCLA football games rarely sell out and beer is not sold.
Mexico's win was celebrated across the region. Sheriff's deputies across Los Angeles County were ''addressing some overenthusiastic soccer fans,'' said Capt. Mike Parker of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.
With the predominately pro-Mexico crowd turning the Rose Bowl into a sea of green, the color of its jerseys, Mexico broke a 2-2 halftime tie on a goal by Pablo Barrera in the 50th minute. Giovani Dos Santos added an insurance goal in the 76th minute of the 90-minute game.
The U.S. took a 2-0 lead on goals by Michael Bradley in the eighth minute and Landon Donovan in the 23rd. Mexico tied the score on goals by Barrera in the 29th minute and Andres Guardado in the 36th.
Mexico led in shots, 17-13. U.S. goalie Tim Howard made four saves, while his Mexican counterpart Alfredo Talavera made one.
Mexico won all six of its games in the biennial tournament, outscoring the opposition, 22-3. The U.S. was 4-2, outscoring its opponents, 9-6.