During the middle of the Crew-United match, a lighted smokebomb was thrown into the section containing the Screaming Eagles and Barra Brava. I saw it myself. The bomb was yellow, on fire, and mercifully did not hurt the person whose face it apparently struck. How a Crew fan with a burning smokebomb was allowed to 1) get that close to the United fans, 2) throw that flare into a section of spectators without being chased down by security is an absolute mystery to me. This isn’t message board chatter or whispered rumor. I saw the object land in our section with my own eyes.
The lack of security around the United fans was worrying from minute-one. Befrore the game, a group of Turbina Amarilla members came by to taunt the United fans from the upper concourse. It was good-natured so I didn’t think twice about it because nothing was thrown and no one wanted to make any trouble. But it was a hint that there was not nearly the required security around the visiting fans. Because of the Crew’s ignorance of even basic security procedures, someone could have been very easily hurt or even maimed Sunday by the thrown smokebomb.