Rose Bowl cleans up after sellout crowd for Mexico/New Zealand soccer match

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Carlos Vela #11 of Mexico plays the ball as Simon Elliott #7 of New Zealand slides in for the tackle in the second half during their International Friendly match at the Rose Bowl on March 3, 2010 in Pasadena.

Stadium cleanup crews have some work to do today, less than 12 hours after a sellout crowd of more than 90,000 filled the Rose Bowl for an exhibition soccer match featuring the Mexican national team.

It may have been the Mexican team's last local appearance before this summer's World Cup in South Africa. Mexico supporters went home satisfied last night with their nation's 2-0 defeat of New Zealand.

"It was a rambunctious crowd," Pasadena police Lt. George Wiley said early today. "Ten minutes before the end it started raining. That settled things down a little."

No major incidents were reported. About a dozen people were taken into custody on misdemeanor alcohol-related offenses, Pasadena police Sgt. Mario Ortiz said this morning.

Also on Wednesday, the United States national team lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in Amsterdam. The loss continued the Americans' poor record in Europe and exposed weaknesses that may haunt the U.S. team this summer in South Africa.

Mexico and the United States are drawn in different groups at the 2010 World Cup.

Thirty-two nations have qualified for the quadrennial tournament. Since 1930, the World Cup has been staged 18 times and there have been seven different champions, exclusively from South America and Europe. A North American team has never won the tournament.

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