U.S. shakes off ominous signs

September 9, 2004
By Marc Connolly
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- The signs were everywhere, both literally and figuratively.

Lightning was shooting down from the heavens even as the U.S. National Team warmed up just 20 minutes before kicking off against the Panamanians, as though someone was trying to tell them something.

The non-stop rains and standing water in the penalty box the Americans just happened to defend in the first half didn't help either. Nor did the fact that they had switched benches with the home side ...

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