Brawl, Shooting Follow San Jose Earthquakes-Cruz Azul Game – RedState

In a game ironically labeled as a “friendly,” more than 40 San Jose, California police officers were called to PayPal Park, home of the San Jose Earthquakes soccer club, to break up a fracas following the Earthquakes’ 2-0 victory this past Thursday night over Liga MX team Cruz Azul. Two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries were taken to the local hospital by police, while two others were treated for minor injuries. One of them was also shot.

The match began with signs that things were not going smoothly when an individual in attendance, wearing a Cruz Azul jersey & Lucha Libre Mask ran onto the field to take aim at Earthquakes player Jack Skahan. Following the excitement Chris Wondolowski, an Earthquakes player put the individual in a lock until security arrived to remove the individual. He was then arrested but later released.

Local news sources report that there were physical altercations after the game. However, they don’t specify whether these occurred between Earthquakes fans and Cruz Azul supporters, within one team or among random individuals who were present. One can safely conclude that the event involved stadium attendees, considering the scene was set up in parking lots.

Local media are not interested in the matter. San Francisco Bay Area media outlets have not reported on the incident. One exception is that the original match at PayPal Park between Liga MX clubs Chivas de Guadalajara, and Club Leon has been postponed for next year. A quote is also included from an Earthquakes supporter who witnessed the clash with Cruz Azul.

“We just had a feeling that this was a little rowdier than anything I’ve seen in 25 years going to Quakes games,” Katona said. “I’ve been to countless Earthquakes games since I was a little boy, and this was the craziest I’ve ever seen it. I’ve never had an issue in the past, I’ve never felt unsafe, and I’ve never left a game early before last night. So, I still think games are safe to go to; last night was just a little bit of an exception.”

In the past I attended Earthquakes games. The atmosphere was fun, especially when they were playing the LA Galaxy, back when David Beckham was still on the team. While the Columbus Crew is in town, I don’t think they cause unruly behaviour among their fans.

At the risk of having grievous accusations hurled my way, I believe it’s safe to say that it was not Earthquakes fans causing the problems last Thursday. This behavior would have to be stopped from any more games between Liga MX or MLS. However, ESPN noted that it isn’t an isolated incident. Until Liga MX fans learn how to control themselves and police their own, it’s well nigh impossible to see how the guaranteed increased gate when Chivas or variations come to town is worth the potentially deadly headache.

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