Fans got a stern warning from Earthquakes Captain Chris Wondolowski before the game to stop using an offensive chant during play that overshadowed last year's game.
SJ Earthquakes capt. Chris Wondolowski asking fans not to chant homophobic slur during tonight's match vs. LA. pic.twitter.com/bo0mQWa3eP— Cbarnard (@CornellBarnard) July 2, 2017
"We do not want to hear this chant, not tonight, not ever," Wondolowski said.
ABC7 won't reveal what the slur was, but many soccer fans say they have heard it before.
"I understand it's meant to intimidate the other team but I don't agree with it," said Earthquakes fan Alejandra Rodriguez.
Despite the warning, a small group of fans chanted the slur anyway. Security teams in the stands told them to stop.