Soccer Fan Faces Charges After Injuring Player

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A soccer fan will face criminal charges after throwing a soda can at a player during a match between the United States men’s team and Mexico.

In all, Denver police arrested five people at Empower Field at Mile High for pelting players from both teams with water bottles and soda cans.

Videos posted online show U.S. midfielder Gio Reyna being struck in the head with a container of soda late in the USMNT’s 3-2 win over Mexico.

Immediately after U.S. star Christian Pulisic scored the game-winning goal in extra time, Pulsic and his teammates celebrated in the corner of the field. At that time, dozens of pro-Mexican fans shower the players with cups, bottle and debris.

Reyna was struck with a soda can and was left dazed an in need of medical attention.

Empower Field at Mile High has banned the patron who struck the U.S. player from “all future events” at the stadium after working with police to identify the guilty party via security footage.

A spokesperson for the Denver police told Yahoo Sports on Monday, "We are working with the stadium on these incidents."

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