HOUSTON - The young soccer fan who rushed the field during the Copa America game at NRG made his first court appearance.
Michael Soto-Hernandez is from California but was back in Houston Wednesday to face trespassing charges.
Just before the second half of the match, Soto-Hernandez sprinted onto the pitch to meet his idol, Lionel Messi. In front of 71,000 other fans, he bowed down to Messi after the soccer star signed his jersey.
He also embraced Messi twice before running off. He then took off his shirt to show the crowd his Twitter handle that was written across his chest and stomach.
"First of all, for his actions I disagree with what he did but at this point I'm here to support him, you know Messi has been an idol of his since he was little. He's been playing soccer since he was three years old," said Michael Soto, the fan's father.
Michael's father also added that his son is a straight-A student who has never been in through with the law. However, NRG has banned him from the stadium for life.