After a U.S. men’s soccer player drilled a penalty kick into the net to win a close game against Mexico, the Denver crowd did something that was beyond disrespectful. It’s hard to believe that U.S. fans would do what they did, but it’s all caught on the video below.
Soccer analyst Alexi Lalas commented on the behavior:
The crowd behavior in Denver was a disgrace to our sport and our country. #USAvMEX 🇺🇸⚽️
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) June 7, 2021
Superstar Christian Pulisic successfully converted a penalty kick in the second half of extra time to lift the United States men’s national team to a 3-2 victory over Mexico in the first CONCACAF Nations League final on Sunday night.
Fox News reports that after Pulisic scored the winning goal, the match was stopped for about three minutes during the second-half stoppage time because of discriminatory fan chants at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver. U.S.player Gio Reyna was hit in the face with an object thrown from a fan. He was down on the field for several minutes. Beer and other drink containers were thrown onto the field at the players.
U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter shared his thoughts:
“Total lack of respect for what’s happening on the field and all effort that both teams are putting into the game. I think he’s going to be OK, but he did take something to the head, and it could have been a lot worse.”
— CBS Sports Golazo (@CBSSportsGolazo) June 7, 2021
Eyewitnesses were shocked and angered by the protest:
I am right in the corner where USMNT celebrated, disgusting what just happened. Some people should spend night in jail tonight, or longer. Gio Reyna got smashed in the temple with a full Coca Cola. pic.twitter.com/nI2qUERGZf
— Maximiliano Bretos (@MaxBretosSports) June 7, 2021